Zimbabwe gov't releases burial program for Mugabe

Source: Xinhua| 2019-09-09 22:43:39|Editor: yan
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HARARE, Sept. 9 (Xinhua) -- The Zimbabwe government on Monday released the burial program for late former leader Robert Mugabe who died in Singapore last Friday at the age of 95.

Addressing the media, information minister Monica Mutsvangwa said Mugabe's body was expected to arrive in the country on Wednesday.

On Thursday and Friday, his body will be taken to Rufaro Stadium in Harare to allow members of the public to pay their last respects to Mugabe.

On Saturday, the body will be taken to the giant National Sports Stadium where members of the diplomatic community, foreign envoys accredited to Zimbabwe and various other dignitaries would be accorded a chance to bid farewell and pay their last respects to the Pan-African icon, Mutsvangwa said.

Mugabe's burial is set for Sept. 15 at a place still to be announced.

Mugabe was declared a national hero and according to the country's tradition, a person granted that highest honor is supposed to be buried at the National Heroes Acre in Harare.

However, in some cases, relatives may opt for another burial place.