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 Mugabe's body being received back home. It is due to lie in state in Harare on Thursday and Friday. Courtesy photo

Robert Mugabe's Body Arrives Home from Singapore

posted onSeptember 11, 2019


The body of former Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has arrived back home after a private flight from Singapore, where he died last week aged 95.

Mr Mugabe was Zimbabwe's first leader after the country became independent in 1980. He led the country for almost four decades before being ousted in a coup in 2017. He will be buried on Sunday after a state funeral on Saturday.

However, his final resting place remains in doubt. The specially chartered flight carrying Mr Mugabe's body landed at about 13:30 GMT. He had been receiving hospital treatment in Singapore. 

A convoy of vehicles with "RG Mugabe" number plates was seen next to the runway and a crowd of people, some wearing the former president's image on T-shirts, awaited the arrival of the plane. Mr Mugabe's wife Grace was also on the flight, the ex-president's nephew, Leo Mugabe, said.

The body will be taken to the family home known as the "Blue Roof" in Harare. On Thursday and Friday, Mr Mugabe is due to lie in state at Rufaro Stadium, in Mbare township in Harare, where he was sworn in as Zimbabwe's first prime minister after independence from the UK in 1980.

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