Mugabe went to Singapore to flee Mnangagwa

Mugabe went to Singapore to flee Mnangagwa

Former Prime Minister of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe, who ruled for decades, has died aged 95.

In a statement, Mugabe's family said that his body will be displayed in his home village of Kutama on Sunday night, and will be buried at a private ceremony on September 16 or 17.

The ruling Zanu-PF party announced that Mugabe's remains would be interred at a hilltop monument outside Harare on Sunday, after a ceremony at the nearby national stadium on Saturday, where dozens of prominent African leaders would be present.

Mugabe's family met with President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Thursday afternoon to discuss funeral arrangements. "That's the decision of the whole family", his nephew Leo Mugabe told AFP news agency on Thursday.

"As long as Zanu-PF is in power and as long as I am leading, no one will deviate, you remain our icon, our commander and founding father", Mnangagwa said of Mugabe, addressing Mugabe's relatives and associates inside the room where the coffin draped in the Zimbabwean flag was being kept.

Zhuwoa said Mugabe was deposed by his comrades because he stood for young people, adding that Mnangagwa and his allies knew that Mugabe "recognised that young people are the future of Africa".

In a deeply superstitious country, the collapse of a pole marquee being put up at Mugabe's residence in Borrowdale, known as Blue Roof, as his body was being taken to One Commando for a brief church service was taken as a sign of his unhappiness. They tormented him, they made him suffer and the family decided that we could no longer allow him to watch the news.

Injured mourners are helped after a crowd pushed their way past police to try to get closer to the coffin of former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe.

Several thousand people gathered in 35,000-seat Rufaro stadium in Harare on Thursday to file past Mugabe's open casket under a white tent in the centre of the sports field, led by Grace wearing a black veil.

The family "also observed with shock that the Government of Zimbabwe is attempting to coerce us to accept a programme for funeral and burial" that was contrary to Mugabe's wishes, the statement said.

Zimbabweans have been split over the death of a man once hailed for ending the former British colony Rhodesia of white-minority rule and bringing more access to health and education to the poor. "Otherwise he will become a ghost".

But many Zimbabweans will remember his tyrannical leadership and economic mismanagement that forced millions to escape a country crippled by hyper-inflation and shortages of food, drugs and fuel.

Mugabe was ousted by protesters and the military soon after.

It had always been expected that Mugabe would be buried at Heroes' Acre, a monumental burial location atop a prominent hill featuring a grandiose towering sculpture of guerrilla fighters that Mugabe built with help from North Korea.

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