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Mugabe to be buried 'once shrine is built'

Leo Mugabe speaks to Focus on Africa

Crowds of mourners
Mourners have come out to view Robert Mugabe's body as it lies in state

The plans for the funeral and burial of Zimbabwe's first President Robert Mugabe have been up in the air over the last few days.

Things are still not fully confirmed as his family and the government need to finalise the arrangements, but the former president's nephew, Leo Mugabe, has told the BBC's Focus on Africa radio programme that it is likely he will be buried in a month's time.

This will allow time for a shrine to be constructed at Heroes' Acre in the capital, Harare, Leo Mugabe said.

The formal state funeral will take place on Saturday, but then the body will be taken to the family's rural home in Zvimba.

Leo Mugabe added that the shrine needs to be fitting for the stature of the man:

This whole process is to restore his legacy after [his overthrow on] 17 November 2017. We are ready to do this so that the public can see this is the founding father of our nation and therefore the shrine should be different and show the respect the whole nation is bestowing on him

Leo Mugabe also said the family knows that it needs to move on from the pain that the coup against his uncle caused:

One thing you cannot remove is the scar that was within him before he died. But let bygones be bygones because the living must continue."

And he took comfort from the fact that his uncle was being mourned and argued that this was a sign that people continued to back his policies:

We are witnessing a [mass demonstration] in his support because people have now realised that this man was right.

The way he was handling the economy and so forth… People notice the price of basic commodities have shot up. So people are saying: ‘Why did we remove Mugabe in the first place?’"

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Mugabe's family prevails in burial dispute

Shingai Nyoka

BBC Africa, Harare

Robert Mugabe's family has prevailed and Zimbabwe's former president will be buried in his rural home.

This is a final snub to his former comrades. It is not unprecedented: other national heroes have declined to be buried at the Heroes' Acre national shrine in the capital, Harare, but not one of Robert Mugabe's stature.

Speaking at her mother's funeral last year, Grace Mugabe expressed her desire to reconcile with President Emmerson Mnangagwa, the man who ultimately won out in the pair's battle to succeed Mr Mugabe as president. But this decision could strain relations and widen the rift.

In Harare's Rufaro stadium, where preparations are under way for the arrival of his body, hundreds of mourners in the regalia of the governing Zanu-PF party have arrived. There is a jubilant mood.

But most of the people I spoke to are Mugabe supporters. One woman supported the family's decision for a private burial.

"The way they got rid of him was not right, it was cruel," she said.

Another mourner said she believed the former president needed to be buried with his family rather than with his comrades.

Women dressed in the colours of the ruling Zanu-PF party dance at the Rufaro stadium in Harare
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Zanu-PF supporters have descended on Harare's Rufaro stadium where Robert Mugabe's body will lie in state
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