09-12-19 by Spotlight Zimbabwe

Full military honours as Mugabe’s body arrives home


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.

Emotional homecoming: Supporters in tears as Mugabe’s coffin arrives back in Harare (above)

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

‘Bitter’: Robert Mugabe died aged 95 PICTURE: AFP

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’.


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