PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa's government has remained mum as regards the intricate details of former President Robert Mugabe's burial including where he will be laid to rest.
"The body of the late former President shall be received at the Robert Mugabe International Airport tomorrow in the afternoon. I also don't know", he said. A spokesman for the Mugabe family could not immediately be reached for comment.
Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said in a statement that the government has dispatched Vice President Kembo Mohadi and other senior officials and family members to Singapore to accompany Mugabe's body home. While the government wants to bury him in the National Heroes' Acre, the family is reportedly opposed to the idea, arguing that Mugabe had since fallen out with the current regime. This has prompted speculation of a rift between the government and members of Mugabe's family, who want him to be buried at his rural home in Kutama, about 85 kilometers (52 miles) southwest of Harare.
His burial at Heroe's Acre is still being contested. Addressing journalists and his association's district representatives in Chinhoyi yesterday, ZNLWVA provincial chairperson Cornelius Muoni said it was uncultured to preclude mourners from attending Mugabe's funeral, describing it as an indirect affront to Mnangagwa.
But the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans' Association (ZNLWVA) Mashonaland West chapter has come out guns blazing, declaring that no one should be barred from attending Mugabe's funeral.
Mugabe's funeral is expected to take place on Sunday.
Conspicuously missing on the list of leaders attending the state funeral are leaders from Europe and the US.
He will be buried on Sunday but the location remains unclear.
"Let everyone be reminded that I haven't withdrawn what I said about (Cde) Mugabe that Zimbabwe was not a family dynasty".
Up to the mid-1990s Mr Mugabe held our respect, to the point that on September 5, 1996 he was conferred with an honorary Order of Jamaica "in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the fight for liberation and the overthrow of apartheid in Southern Africa, and his distinct leadership in the pursuit of freedom and human development throughout the African continent".