Robert Mugabe will be buried at a hilltop monument reserved exclusively for Zimbabwe’s national heroes, an official said, as the southern African nation began several days of official mourning.
Mugabe died on Friday in Singapore. He was 95. He will be laid to rest in Harare at the National Heroes Acre, set aside for Zimbabweans deemed to have made significant sacrifices for the nation, which emerged from the end of colonial Rhodesia.
“Comrade Mugabe will be buried at the Heroes Acre,” the deputy information minister, Energy Mutodi said. “That is where he deserves to rest.”
Leo Mugabe, a nephew of Robert Mugabe and a family spokesman, said the date of the funeral and other details, including when Mugabe’s body will be flown into Zimbabwe, were not yet finalised. “Arrangements are not in place yet,” he said in a text message.
The plot, which is located on a hilltop, and built with the help of North Korean architects, features a huge bronze statue of three guerrilla fighters.
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