Mutharika to attend Mugabe's funeral in Zimbabwe

Mugabe a'broken soul in final years after Zimbabwe ouster

But the family said no decision will be made before Mugabe's body arrives home, with the traditional leaders and the late former President's children, led by his eldest son, Robert Junior, expected to be key in making the decision.

Mugabe's body will be received by President Emmerson Mnangagwa. File picture: AP/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi.

Mugabe's wife, Grace, and the Zimbabwean vice-president Kembo Mohadi were among those accompanying the body on the plane, according to Leo Mugabe, a nephew and family spokesman.

The book of condolences will be available at the Zimbabwe embassy in Pretoria and the country's two consulates in Johannesburg and in Cape Town.

Family members and officials arrived in Singapore, where Mugabe had been since April, early Tuesday on a chartered flight. The outspoken former president ruled the southern African nation for 37 years until he was ousted in November 2017.

Mugabe's final burial place on Sunday, though, is still unclear.

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The Mugabe family publicly invited all Zimbabweans to go to the Harare airport to welcome the former leader's remains, according to an announcement on state media but so far about 100 gathered at the airport, singing songs praising Mugabe.

"Any program by government is always in consultation with the family".

Mugabe, who died at 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. "It is likely that Mugabe will be buried at this Zvimba homestead if the family manages to hold on to its guns that the late leader should not buried at the national shrine", the family source revealed.

Cde Matemadanda said he will also be attending the funeral to support President Mnangagwa. Quizzed on where Mugabe will be buried, Mutsvangwa said: "We will be giving you more updates".

"Let everyone be reminded that I haven't withdrawn what I said about (Cde) Mugabe that Zimbabwe was not a family dynasty". He held on to power for nearly four decades before being ousted in a coup in 2017.

The Zimbabwean government said in a memo sent to embassies that it planned to hold a state funeral for Mugabe in the National Sports Stadium on Saturday, with a burial ceremony on Sunday, but it did not say where the burial would be.

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