Robert Mugabe: Funeral delayed, ex-president's burial site not ready

Robert Mugabe: Funeral delayed, ex-president's burial site not ready

The confusion seems to be rife as far as the funeral plans for former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe. This comes as the ceremony faces a lengthy delay over burial site preparations, which may take a month to achieve.

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Former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe will not be buried this weekend according to a family spokesperson.

Mugabe, who had passed away after a battle with an unknown illness, had reportedly issued strict instructions for his burial which seems to have caused confusion between his family and the government. reported earlier that President Emmerson Mnangagwa had announced plans to bury Mugabe in Harare at the National Heros Acre.

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However, this had gone against the former president's wishes, with a private ceremony planned to bury his remains in his home village.

Now family spokesperson Leo Mugabe has announced the funeral will not be taking place this weekend as planned:

“It's a mourning period it depends on where you come from, some have seven days, 14 days others have 40 days mourning period. What I know is people will have to disperse and then the family will reconverge. Because we can't be sitting here for 30 days once they've come up with a date then everybody will know."

eNCA reports that chiefs in the region had demanded the burial site be properly prepared, a lengthy process which could take up to a month to achieve.

Meanwhile, the late politician's family has asked that his body remains preserved until his wishes can be carried out.

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