Zimbabweans were on Wednesday awaiting former President Robert Mugabe's body, which was due to arrive at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport in the afternoon.
A man carrying a portrait of late former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe makes his way to the Robert Mugabe International Airport where the body of the deceased leader is expected today, on September 11 2019 near Harare. [Photo: AFP/Jekesai Njikizana]
Mugabe died last Friday at a private clinic in Singapore and a delegation led by Vice President Kembo Mohadi left Harare Monday to join his family there and help with the repatriation of his body.
The government is arranging a huge send-off for the former president and has announced that burial will take place on Sunday.
However, Mugabe's family has not yet confirmed where and when Zimbabwe's founding leader will be buried, amid indications that some members want to respect his wishes that he should be buried next to his mother at his rural home in Zvimba, about 100 km from Harare in Mashonaland West Province.
The government is pushing for Mugabe, who resigned in 2017 after 37 years in power, to be buried at the national shrine, the National Heroes Acre in Harare, in line with the tradition to honor the country's illustrious sons and daughters when they pass on.
According to parts of the program of events, his body will on arrival be taken to an army barracks, 1 Commando, before it is taken to his home in northern Harare.
Zimbabweans will view the body at Rufaro Stadium, also in Harare, before the body is taken to Zvimba.
Details of place and date of burial have not yet been released, with Mugabe's nephew and family spokesperson Leo Mugabe saying that traditional leaders in his home area had not yet announced them.