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Why Mugabe will be buried in 30 days

Former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe will be buried at Heroes’ Acre but his family says that will take place in 30 days. His nephew Leo Mugabe told journalists on Friday that chiefs in Mugabe’s village have agreed that he should be buried at the Heroes’ Acre. But the chiefs will need 30 days to perform rituals for his burial as a chief. “He is going to Zvimba so the people of Zvimba can pay their last respects,” said Leo Mugabe. Mugabe died at the age of 95 at a Singaporean…

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Zimbabwe: Stampede at Mugabe body viewing

There has been a stampede at the viewing of the body of former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe at the Rufaro Stadium on Thursday. SADC News reported of several people sustaining injuries during the stampede as scores line up to have a final viewing of Mugabe’s body. Police have since tightened security at the pitch here Mugabe’s coffin has been placed for public viewing. EyeWitness News reported that public earlier invaded the pitch where the coffin placed. Mugabe’s body will lie in state at Kutama on Sunday night before a private…

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Mugabe’s family fights government over funeral plans

The family of Robert Mugabe is fighting the government over ongoing arrangements for his funeral. The Mugabe family has expressed shocked at not being involved in the preparations for the funeral of the former Zimbabwean president. Mugabe’s body arrived back in Zimbabwe on Wednesday after dying last week in Singapore while undergoing a medical treatment. The funeral ceremony of Mugabe who died aged 95 will take place at a football stadium in Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare on Saturday. Although the family and the government had initially disagreed on his burial place,…

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Zimbabwe to hold state funeral for Mugabe on Sept. 14

The Zimbabwean government has signaled plans to hold a state funeral for former president Robert Mugabe on Saturday September 14. Reuters reported that the government has sent out a memo to embassies on Sunday stating that the funeral will take place in the National Sports Stadium in Harare. The government also said a burial ceremony is planned for the day after the state funeral, but exactly where he would be buried is unclear. Some members of Mugabe’s family say he didn’t want to be buried at the National Heroes Acre…

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Former Gambian President Jawara laid to rest

Former Gambian president Sir Dawda Jawara has been laid to rest after a state funeral at the National Assembly on Thursday. His funeral was attended by thousands of Gambians including the country’s President Adama Barrow. Jawara died on August 27 after a brief illness at the age of 95 at his resident in Fajara. Seven days of mourning was declared in his honour. He was buried at the premises of the national assembly. Jawara’s two wives Lady Chilel Jawara and Njeme Jawara were both in attendance at the funeral. Sir…

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Tunisia holds state funeral for President Essebsi

Tunisia is bidding farewell to President Beji Caid Essebsi on Saturday with a state funeral. Essebsi died on Thursday aged 92, after suffering from an illness. He was prominent in the Tunisian political history after taking over as an elected president in 2014. Essebsi came into office following the Arab uprisings across the region which forced former Tunisian President Zine el-Abedine Ben Ali out of office in 2011 after 23 years in office. He was first drafted in as premier after Ben Ali’s fall. Essebsi in 2012 founded the secular…

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