Robert Mugabe public viewing: Chaos erupts at Rufaro Stadium

Mugabe burial in Zimbabwe 'sometime next week' - family spokesman

President Peter Mutharika is this Saturday expected to leave the country for Zimbabwe to attend the state funeral service of that country's former president Robert Mugabe as his family says he will be buried at his village Zvimba district, about 60 miles (95km) north-west of the capital, Harare, against authorities' wishes.

Mnangagwa said while he maintained Mugabe will be buried this coming Sunday, he and his government will not seek to impose on where the once powerful Zimbabwean leader will be buried.

She was met at the airport by President Emmerson Mnangagwa - a former loyalist who replaced her husband after the coup.

Zimbabweans are expected to view the body and pay their last respects for the next two days at Rufaro Stadium, where nearly 40 years ago, Mugabe raised Zimbabwe's flag of independence ending years of white-minority rule.

His family said the body would be taken to Harare's Rufaro stadium on Thursday and Friday for a public ceremony. Mnangagwa and the family then began private talks.

Trust Nyakabawo, a Mbare resident, said he wanted Mugabe to be buried at National Heroes Acre along with other liberation fighters.

According to reports, some family members are still bitter over Mugabe's ouster and the role his former ally Mnangagwa played.

Leo Mugabe said later there was no feud, claiming the burial would be private.

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Mugabe fired Mnangagwa in 2017, in what many believed was an attempt to position his wife Grace to succeed him.

Speaking at the Mugabe house, Mnangagwa said his government would respect the family's wishes over the burial, saying they have "the full support of the government".

At Blue Roof, Mugabe's 25-bedroom mansion in Harare's posh Borrowdale suburb, Zimbabwe's opposition leader paid his respects to the man who had been his bitter political foe.

Zimbabweans gathered at the Rufaro Stadium to view the body of Mugabe forced themselves on the pitch, overwhelming security. They are reportedly unhappy about his treatment of the former leader.

The body of former president Robert Mugabe arrives to lie in state inside his official residence in the capital Harare, Zimbabwe Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. Mugabe gave many speeches at the site and his first wife, Sally, is buried there next to a gravesite long reserved for the ex-leader.

Mugabe's legacy is marked by the mass killing of the minority Ndebele people in a military campaign in the early 1980s known as Gukurahundi, which took the lives of an estimated 20,000 alleged "dissidents".

Later his seizure of white-owned farms helped ravage the economy, sent foreign investors fleeing and turned Mugabe into an global pariah - even if his liberation hero status still resonates in Africa.

Mnangagwa himself is under pressure after promising to attract investment and create jobs in a post-Mugabe era, with little success.

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