THE body of Zimbabwe’s longtime ruler Robert Mugabe arrived back in the capital Harare yesterday — with his coffin draped in the country’s flag.
It was met by president Emmerson Mnangagwa and a full military delegation and guard of honour.
Widow Grace Mugabe, dressed in black and with a black veil, was seated at a podium on the runway.
Mr Mugabe’s body will be displayed at historic locations for several days before being buried at a location still to be announced — a sign of friction between the ex-leader’s family and the government.
Mr Mugabe, who died aged 95 in a Singapore hospital on Friday, was a guerrilla leader who led the fight to end white-minority rule in what was then Rhodesia, and ruled Zimbabwe from its
independence in 1980 until he was deposed in 2017.
During his leadership, Zimbabwe descended from prosperity to economic crisis. His nephew Leo said he died a ‘very bitter man’.