Zimbabwe's Mugabe to be buried in home district, government says

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's longtime ruler Robert Mugabe will be buried in his home district of Zvimba, not at a national shrine in Harare as previously planned, the government said on Thursday, after three weeks of public disputes over his final resting place. Mugabe's rule included a disastrous economic decline and political violence that forced up to one in five citizens into exile, but some Zimbabweans still saw the former president as a liberation hero when he died on Sept 6 aged 95.

Reuters September 27, 2019 00:12:36 IST
Zimbabwe's Mugabe to be buried in home district, government says

Zimbabwes Mugabe to be buried in home district government says

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's longtime ruler Robert Mugabe will be buried in his home district of Zvimba, not at a national shrine in Harare as previously planned, the government said on Thursday, after three weeks of public disputes over his final resting place.

Mugabe's rule included a disastrous economic decline and political violence that forced up to one in five citizens into exile, but some Zimbabweans still saw the former president as a liberation hero when he died on Sept 6 aged 95.

Mugabe, who was bitter over the way he was ousted in an army coup in November 2017, had told family members that he wanted to be buried in Zvimba.

But President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Mugabe's former right-hand man who turned against him, had pushed for his predecessor to be buried at the National Heroes Acre monument to display a public reconciliation with Mugabe's family and admirers.

Mnangagwa, currently in New York attending the United Nations General Assembly, is under mounting pressure as the economy struggles and the opposition says it is being denied the right to protest.

"The family of the late former President R.G. Mugabe has expressed its desire to proceed with his burial in Zvimba. In line with government policy to respect the wishes of families of deceased heroes, government is cooperating with the Mugabe family in their new position," the information ministry said in a statement.

Nick Mangwana, permanent secretary at the ministry, told Reuters his understanding was that the burial would take place on Saturday during a private ceremony.

(Reporting by MacDonald Dzirutwe and Alexander Winning; editing by Olivia Kumwenda-Mtambo)

This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed.

Updated Date:

TAGS:

also read

France, Germany to agree to NATO role against Islamic State - sources
| Reuters
World

France, Germany to agree to NATO role against Islamic State - sources | Reuters

By Robin Emmott and John Irish | BRUSSELS/PARIS BRUSSELS/PARIS France and Germany will agree to a U.S. plan for NATO to take a bigger role in the fight against Islamic militants at a meeting with President Donald Trump on Thursday, but insist the move is purely symbolic, four senior European diplomats said.The decision to allow the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to join the coalition against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq follows weeks of pressure on the two allies, who are wary of NATO confronting Russia in Syria and of alienating Arab countries who see NATO as pushing a pro-Western agenda."NATO as an institution will join the coalition," said one senior diplomat involved in the discussions. "The question is whether this just a symbolic gesture to the United States

China's Xi says navy should become world class
| Reuters
World

China's Xi says navy should become world class | Reuters

BEIJING Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday called for greater efforts to make the country's navy a world class one, strong in operations on, below and above the surface, as it steps up its ability to project power far from its shores.China's navy has taken an increasingly prominent role in recent months, with a rising star admiral taking command, its first aircraft carrier sailing around self-ruled Taiwan and a new aircraft carrier launched last month.With President Donald Trump promising a US shipbuilding spree and unnerving Beijing with his unpredictable approach on hot button issues including Taiwan and the South and East China Seas, China is pushing to narrow the gap with the U.S. Navy.Inspecting navy headquarters, Xi said the navy should "aim for the top ranks in the world", the Defence Ministry said in a statement about his visit."Building a strong and modern navy is an important mark of a top ranking global military," the ministry paraphrased Xi as saying.