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Zimbabwe delegation holds mass for Mugabe in Singapoore

11 September 2019

Former cabinet minister Professor Jonathan has claimed that President Emmerson Mnangagwa has summoned former First Lady Grace Mugabe to State House upon arrival in the country from Singapore.

The family spokesperson also addressed rumours that there had been a fallout with the Zimbabwean government in arrangements for Mugabe's burial.

Police escorting the vehicle Wednesday morning said the convoy was heading to the airport. He died in Singapore last week at the age of 95.

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In public, senior Zanu PF officials express confidence that Mugabe will be buried at the monument after a state funeral service at the National Sports Stadium. His burial is scheduled on Sunday. Mugabe's body was expected to arrive in Zimbabwe on Wednesday at 3 p.m. (1300 GMT), a family member told Reuters.

According to Leo, Mugabe was a chief hence he would be buried according to traditional rites.

But Mugabe is believed to have told his family that he wanted to be buried quietly with his mother, denying the politicians and generals who toppled him in 2017 the chance to "pontificate" over his dead body.

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But it was reported earlier that Mr Mugabe's family is pushing back against the Zimbabwean government's plans and wants him to be interred in his home village of Kutama, 85km from Harare.

According to the letter from the foreign ministry, "Heads of State/government wishing to attend the ceremony are advised to arrive in Harare on Friday, September 13, 2019... and depart immediately after the ceremony taking into consideration that government authorities will be fully occupied with preparations for the burial service/ceremony reserved for Sunday, September 15, 2019".

"To say there is a feud is not correct, it's not true".

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Other family members, including Mike Bimha, who is from Grace's side of the family, think it would be best to mend ties with Mnangagwa by burying Mugabe at National Heroes Acre, the relatives said. The mood at the service was "sombre, everybody is sad", said Molai.

Zimbabwe delegation holds mass for Mugabe in Singapoore