The Government of Zimbabwe have announced plans of a state funeral for past president, Robert Mugabe, which will hold in a stadium in Harare, Zimbabwe Capital on Saturday, September 15, with a burial ceremony scheduled a day later.
Mugabe who died in a Singapore hospital on Friday after a long illness, had dominated Zimbabwean politics for almost four decades from independence in 1980 until he was removed by his own army in a November 2017 coup.
Revered by many as a liberator who freed his people from white minority rule, Mugabe was vilified by others for wrecking one of Africa’s most promising economies and ruthlessly crushing his opponents.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who worked closely with Mugabe for decades before helping to oust him, granted Mugabe the status of a national hero within hours of his death.
The memo sent by Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs to embassies in Harare and seen by Reuters said the funeral would be in the National Sports Stadium but did not specify where the burial would be.
It said heads of state would be expected to leave the stadium immediately after the funeral ceremony because officials would be busy
with preparations for the burial.
The Zimbabwe Independent newspaper reported last month that Mugabe didn’t want to be buried at National Heroes Acre – a site reserved for the country’s heroes – because he felt bitter about the way he was removed from power, Reuters report.