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Robert Mugabe: African Leaders Gather in Zimbabwe for State Funeral

African leaders are gathered at the funeral of Zimbabwe’s former president Robert Mugabe in the capital Harare.

Well-wishers saw his casket being paraded into the national sports stadium surrounded by a military band.

There are many empty seats in the stadium, which has a capacity of 60,000 people.

Mugabe is regarded as a liberator but many Zimbabweans said they would shun the ceremony in protest at the repression that marked his later years.

More than a dozen current and former leaders, including South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, are guests at the funeral.

Presidents, including Equatorial Guinea President Theodore Obiang Nguema, gave speeches at the stadium.

Obiang, who came to power in 1979 and has outlasted Mr Mugabe’s 37-year rule, said he was “a leader without comparison on the African continent” and praised his controversial policy of seizing white-owned farms.

“The people of Zimbabwe will forever be grateful that he took land from the whites and gave it to his people,” he said.

Like Mr Obiang, many Zimbabweans are choosing to remember the former leader’s achievements, rather than the political violence and economic chaos that marked the last years of his long presidency, reports BBC Africa correspondent Andrew Harding.

But many people in Harare were expected to avoid the ceremony as soaring inflation and unemployment grip the country.

“We are happier now that he is gone. Why should I go to his funeral? I don’t have fuel,” a Harare resident told AFP. “We don’t want to hear anything about him anymore. He is the cause of our problems.”

When and where will Mugabe be buried?

The funeral follows a row between the Mugabe family and the government over his burial.

 

It has now been agreed that he will be buried in the National Heroes’ Acre monument in Harare, his family says.

Family spokesman and nephew Leo Mugabe says this should be in about a month, when the new shrine to Mugabe will be built at the existing Heroes’ Acre.

Earlier plans to have a burial on Sunday appear to have been cancelled.

Mugabe, who was 95, died last week while being treated in Singapore.

 

(Source: BBC)

27 Comments

  1. Mr fact

    RIP MUGABE,LET ME ADVISE OUR FERAL ZIMBABWANS TO FORGIVE AND FORGET THE WRONG THINGS THE FORMER PRESIDNT DID TO THEM AND MOURN HIM PEACEFULY, ABOVE ALL SHOW UP IN STADIUM IN NUMBERS AND U WILL SEND GOOD PICTURE TO THE WORLD THAT EVEN IF HE DOES THIS HE IS MOURNED.

  2. DAVID CHOLA

    To sad to the president God will be with him

  3. Martin

    Is Edgar chagwa lungu there??

  4. Joseph sakala

    Comment rest in peace big man

  5. Impyakusu ichinyo

    Mr fact how can they forget about the wrong things he did when they are still suffering let them just throw this fucker in ocean and let the sharks enjoy it’s expired dick

    • Gershom ingwe

      Brother’s and sisters don’t why others are become happy others are crying you people this is serious issue marilo ni marilo chaona mzako chapita mawa chiri paiwe

  6. Andrew

    R. I. P

  7. B

    rip Mr Bob

  8. Ichibwamba nations

    Fuck this dude

  9. Mr itole

    Chiposeni mumufolo mulamba Akese musenda chik*** .

  10. Mwisho

    But zoona people can be heartless how can you comment such rubbish about someone’s death what if he was your relative how can you feel about such evil comments
    Mulepepa bwino ibange bambuli mwaumfwa.

  11. Gershom ingwe

    Don’t worry Mr Mugabe is already gone so only God knows about life of Mr president Mugabe you and me we’re still waiting our time but be for that we should reapernt before death ecperciary you who fell good na death of of Mr Mugabe

  12. Zambian

    Zimbabweans u ar nt aprciatve enough. Mugabe had his honoraly deprees revoked bcoz of claiming land frm whites. Learn to be thnkful. Anyway u wl be convinced by mr kaunda’s speach. Mugabe to me is a hero

  13. ALiCK ZuLu

    may his soul rest in peace

  14. Gift Grant

    Our stupid president Chi Edgar Chakolwalwa Lungungu is there?

  15. Sigre

    Rest in peace

  16. Sigre

    My heartfelt condolences

  17. Kelvin Kabaira

    Rest in peace Cde RG Mugabe, My upper primary education was never paid for due to Mugabe’s free education for all policy. We all make mistakes and expect to be forgiven. R. I. P GUSHUNGO.

  18. Himself

    Rest in peace Mugabe

  19. Hassany Kamanga

    As for me, Mugabe was definitely a hero. Mugabe stood firm against the oppressors or imperialist. The suffering which the Zimbabweans had to go throw was not as a result of Mugabe, but was caused by the sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by the imperialist who did not want Mugabe because of the land issue. If you follow the land issue closely, you will discover that there was an agreement for the same land to be given back to the owners who are Zimbabweans, but the white farmers did not want to do so and where defended by the imperialist. Fortunately, Mugabe had to call a spade a spade and ensured that the land was given back which annoyed the imperialist who in turn imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe to fight an individual and led to the drastic distraction of the Zimbabwean economy. Unfortunately, the result of fighting what belongs to you can at times be grave, but you cannot ignore to reclaim what is yours. Mugabe was a leader who ensured that the West or Whites leaders which included USA where not above the black African Leaders and he forcefully did that. We all remember how the same imperialist have destroyed another African Country (Libya) which was a marvel just because they had to a leader of that nation (Muamar Gaddafi).

  20. Diego

    Rest in peace may the Lord be with you

  21. Alfred G Ali

    to bad,the father of africa has gone MHSRIP

  22. Next President of Zambia

    May the Lord God be with him, for what he did in Zimbabwe by bringing good education. May your soul rest in peace. Mr freedom fighter in Zimbabwe.

  23. SEITH VIA

    Comment__Edgar Lungu ndiwe wasaara! bakamwalira aba nishi mu Zambia vintu vizankara bwino.

  24. Chaser

    Rip till we meet again

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