SINGAPOREAN police on Wednesday morning escorted a white Mercedes-Benz hearse carrying former President Robert Mugabe’s body from a Singapore funeral parlour to the airport, and a plane left for Zimbabwe shortly afterwards.
International media quoted Adam Molai, a close relative of the Mugabe’s, saying they were headed for Zimbabwe and would arrive at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport at 15.00hrs.
The hearse carrying the body of former President Robert Mugabe.
At the Harare airport, President Emmerson Mnangagwa, traditional Chiefs from Zvimba as well as senior members of the Mugabe and Marufu families will be at hand to receive the body.
The casket will lie in state at the former President’s splush rural home in Kutama Village, some 85km west of Harare, where the former President grew up in the 1930s and 1940s.
On Thursday and Friday, Zimbabweans will have the opportunity to view the body at Rufaro Stadium in Harare. It was at Rufaro Stadium in 1980 that Robert Mugabe hoisted the new Zimbabwe flag as he was inaugurated the Prime Minister of an independent Zimbabwe.
The main funeral service will be on Saturday at the National Sports Stadium and will be presided over by President Mnangagwa.
Burial is expected on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Leo Mugabe, a nephew to the late former President, has told eNCA of South Africa that media reports of a feud between the Mugabe family and the Government of President Mnangagwa were just fake news.
Leo said the family and the government have always been in touch from day one and are all respecting each other’s role in the period of mourning, adding that the issue of where Robert Mugabe will be buried is handled by the family as per tradition.