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Robert Mugabe finally laid to rest in Kutama

He is being buried in the courtyard of his home in Kutama, about 90km (55 miles) west of the capital Harare. Zimbabwe’s former President Robert Mugabe is being laid to rest in the rural village where he was born, three weeks after his death at the age of 95.

Mugabe died in a Singapore hospital on 6 September, nearly two years after a coup ended his 37 years in power. The Mugabe family decided on a private burial in Kutama after weeks of argument with the government.

Ministers had wanted the body to rest at the National Heroes Acre in Harare. A mausoleum for the former president was being constructed at the site, which is reserved for heroes of Zimbabwe’s liberation struggle.

But Mugabe’s family said he had wanted to be buried at his rural home, close to his late mother Bona. No senior government officials were among the audience at a pre-burial service in Kutama on Saturday, which was attended by hundreds of mourners. A sparsely attended state funeral was held for Mugabe in Harare on 14 September.

In Kutama, Mugabe’s widow Grace and his children accompanied the coffin, which was draped in the green, yellow, red and black flag of Zimbabwe. Mugabe, a guerrilla leader who fought against white minority rule in what was then Rhodesia, took power after independence from Britain in 1980.

Initially lauded as an icon of African liberation, his rule became steadily more repressive as he clamped down on political opponents. Disastrous economic and agricultural policies drove the once-prosperous country into the ground, and millions fled abroad. Mugabe was brought down by army generals in 2017. His deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa was elected president in 2018.

In other news – David Coltart – Government tried to derail MDC 20th anniversary celebrations

MDC treasurer-general David Coltart said the government attempted to torpedo the party’s 20th Anniversary celebrations held at Rufaro Stadium in Harare on Saturday. Writing on microblogging site Twitter, Coltart said:

David Coltart

The MDC 20th birthday celebration was a magnificent party. The regime did everything in its power to disrupt it and deter people from going – water cannon and trolls putting out false messages. But all failed and it was a joyous party. continue reading

Source: Zimetro

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