The family of the late former Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has announced that he will be buried at a monument for national heroes in the capital Harare on Sunday.
Mugabe’s resting place remained unknown until now due to disagreement between the family (who wants him buried in his hometown) and the Zimbabwean government.
“I can confirm that he will be buried at the National Heroes Acre on Sunday,” family spokesman Leo Mugabe said on Friday, adding that an official ceremony would be followed by a private family event at the monument to heroes of the liberation war against white minority rule.
The former leader has been lying in state in Harare since Thursday after the government announced three days of national mourning.
Some of Mugabe’s relatives have expressed bitterness at the way former close associates, including President Emmerson Mnangagwa, overthrew him.
Mnangagwa, a one-time protégé of Mugabe, called the former president a “national icon” after his death.
In 2017, Mugabe fired Mnangagwa in what many believed was an attempt to position his wife Grace to succeed him. Mugabe was overthrown by the military following massive protests.
Foreign dignitaries are due to start arriving in Harare on Friday ahead of a state funeral planned to be held at the country’s National Sports Stadium on Saturday.
Heads of state expected to attend the funeral include China’s President Xi Jinping, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta.