SWITZERLAND, SEPTEMBER 11 – The body of Zimbabwe’s long-time dictator, Robert Mugabe, arrived in the capital Harare on Wednesday, after being flown from Singapore where he died last week at the age of 95.
His coffin, draped in a Zimbabwean flag, was carried by military officers out of the plane and down a red carpet flanked by soldiers, live television broadcasts showed.
“The entire nations of Zimbabwe, our people across the board, are grieving and are in mourning because the light, which led us to independence, is no more,’’ President Emmerson Mnangagwa told the crowd gathered on the airport runway.
The Zimbabwe government has said that Mugabe will be buried on Sunday at the National Heroes Acre, a hilltop shrine reserved for the country’s ruling elite.
But family members, awaiting the arrival of the body at the airport on Wednesday, declined to confirm the site of the burial, amid media reports that they opposed the choice of the National Heroes Acre.
Mugabe had been seeking treatment for an undisclosed illness in Singapore since April.