Mugabe's body heads back to divided Zimbabwe for burial
SEE ALSO :Robert Mugabe dies aged 95Early Wednesday a hearse transporting Mugabe's body left a Singapore funeral parlour bound for an airport and accompanied by a police escort, driving past a group of waiting journalists. A plane carrying the former leader and the visiting delegation departed shortly afterwards, his nephew Adam Molai told AFP. "It just left now," he said by phone from the plane as it took off, with the noise of the aircraft audible in the background. The Zimbabwean delegation arrived on Tuesday and attended a private Catholic mass for Mugabe at the funeral parlour, officiated by a Zimbabwean priest. - From hero to tyrant -
SEE ALSO :Robert Mugabe, the milestonesZimbabweans have been divided over how to mourn a former leader once hailed as a liberation hero but who later brutally repressed his opponents. He was initially praised for ridding the former British colony Rhodesia of white minority rule, but later used repression and fear to govern until he was finally ousted. His increasingly tyrannical leadership and economic mismanagement prompted millions to leave the country. Following his death, President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced he had been declared a "national hero", flags flew at half mast across Harare and news of his passing was splashed across newspaper front pages. Yet Harare residents appeared largely unconcerned, with shops remaining open and people going about their daily errands.
SEE ALSO :The Grace effect in Mugabe’s ‘Dis-Grace’He will be buried on Sunday but the location remains unclear. Mugabe's family and Mnangagwa's government are apparently at odds over whether it would be at his homestead northwest of Harare or at a shrine for liberation heroes in the capital. A relative has said that in line with native Shona customs, traditional chiefs from Zvimba will have a final say on where the former leader will be buried.
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