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Will Mugabe be buried contrary to his wishes?

Authorities in Zimbabwe are keen for former longtime President Robert Mugabe to be buried with all his honors in a tomb outside the capital and to be escorted to the last mourning ceremony by prominent African leaders. Mugabe’s family, however, wants to honor his last wish and bury him modestly, in his hometown.

The family of longtime former Zimbabwean President Robert Gabriel Mugabe is fighting a battle with authorities over his funeral and the question of where he will be buried.

Important members of the ruling party want his remains buried in a tomb at the top of a hill, just outside the capital city of Harare, and will be last accompanied by a mournful ceremony at a national stadium attended by senior African leaders.

Meanwhile, immediate family members, his second wife Grace, and friends recall that he had repeatedly made clear before his death that he wanted to be buried in his hometown of Zvimba, about 100 kilometers from Harare. The funeral should be in the immediate family circle. The former president did not want his death to be used for political purposes.

On Friday, Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangwa declared him a national hero. “It is with great sadness that I announce that the founding father of Zimbabwe and former President Robert Mugabe has died,” he wrote on Twitter. He did not provide details of the funeral, and his choice of words indicated his desire to be buried at National Heroes Acre, a Zimbabwean pride set in honor of the fallen war heroes. He also announced that he would declare days of mourning before the funeral.

Mugabe’s remains had not yet been brought from Singapore, where he had been in treatment for several months and died on Friday, aged 95. His family is still there.

Mugabe is otherwise regarded as the hero of the liberation of the country from beneath the British colonial yoke, which then turned into an eccentric despot. Initially, he was a very popular and internationally recognized leader of a young country in the middle of Africa, announcing a policy of racial reconciliation and a comprehensive economic and social reconstruction of the country. However, he began to turn his rule more and more into a dictatorial regime, and economic reforms into social experiments that ended in a clandestine manner and actually exacerbated violence against the country’s white minority in particular.

Zimbabwe ruled hard for 37 years until it was weaned two years ago by its closest associates. When he tried to oust his vice president in 2017, he was hit by a military coup. He was first placed under “house arrest” and then forced into resignation following mass demonstrations. After that, his health began to deteriorate rapidly. In the last years before his death, he practically ceased to appear in public. He is left behind by 41 years the younger second wife of Grace and two sons.On Friday, Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangwa declared him a national hero. “It is with great sadness that I announce that the founding father of Zimbabwe and former President Robert Mugabe has died,” he wrote on Twitter. He did not provide details of the funeral, and his choice of words indicated his desire to be buried at National Heroes Acre, a Zimbabwean pride set in honor of the fallen war heroes. He also announced that he would declare days of mourning before the funeral.

Mugabe’s remains had not yet been brought from Singapore, where he had been in treatment for several months and died on Friday, aged 95. His family is still there.

Mugabe is otherwise regarded as the hero of the liberation of the country from beneath the British colonial yoke, which then turned into an eccentric despot. Initially, he was a very popular and internationally recognized leader of a young country in the middle of Africa, announcing a policy of racial reconciliation and a comprehensive economic and social reconstruction of the country. However, he began to turn his rule more and more into a dictatorial regime, and economic reforms into social experiments that ended in a clandestine manner and actually exacerbated violence against the country’s white minority in particular.

Zimbabwe ruled hard for 37 years until it was weaned two years ago by its closest associates. When he tried to oust his vice president in 2017, he was hit by a military coup. He was first placed under “house arrest” and then forced into resignation following mass demonstrations. After that, his health began to deteriorate rapidly. In the last years before his death, he practically ceased to appear in public. He is left behind by 41 years the younger second wife of Grace and two sons.

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