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Zimbabwe’s Mugabe will now be buried in hometown

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Elvis Adjetey
Elvis Adjetey
Elvis Adjetey is an experienced African journalist who has worked with top media brands in Ghana where he is based.

The family of former Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe has said he will now be buried in his hometown of Zvimba following a row with the government.

The body of Mr. Mugabe aged 95 has not been buried after his funeral was held on September, 14 because of the row over his resting place.

The Zimbabwean government had insisted that the remains of the ex-President be interred at the Heroes Acre – a national monument and burial ground.

But the family has opposed the decision, insisting that was not the wish of Mr. Mugabe.

Although the Mugabe family subsequently softened its stance after it was agreed that a mausoleum would be built for the former leader, the government has now backtracked.

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In a statement published on Thursday, Information Minister Nick Mangwana said the change was in line with policy “to respect the wishes of families of deceased heroes”.

Mugabe who ruled for almost four decades died in Singapore in September while receiving treatment for cancer.

He led Zimbabwe to independence in 1980 and ruled the country for 37 years until he resigned in November 2017.

State Funeral for Mugabe
Robert Mugabe ruled Zimbabwe since it’s independence until 2017.

Robert Mugabe first served as prime minister of Zimbabwe from 1980 to 1987 and then as president from 1987 to 2017.




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