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Burial Place of Zimbabwean President Yet Undetermined Amid Dispute

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7Dnews London

Wed, 11 Sep 2019 09:56 GMT

The body of ousted Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has left Singapore, where the former leader died, and is expected in his home country later on Wednesday, September 11th, according to Mugabe’s nephew and family spokesman Leo Mugabe.

A dispute between the government and some of Mugabe’s family members, however, is keeping his burial place unknown so far.

"They have left Singapore and we are expecting his body at 3:00 p.m. (1300 GMT) at the airport and he will be received by family and government," the family spokesman said.

Mugabe’s body has been moved by private jet from Singapore’s international airport, accompanied by the president’s widow, Vice President Kembo Mohadi, and others.

His successor, President Emmerson Mnangagwa, and his ruling ZANU-PF party want the body of Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s founding leader, to be buried at a national monument to heroes of the liberation war against the white minority Rhodesian regime.

However, some relatives of the late president want him buried in his home village, apparently distrusting Mnangagwa, who conspired to topple Mugabe, along with former allies.

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