Family of Robert Mugabe gathered in his rural homestead on Saturday, for a low-keyed funeral, three weeks after his death
Burial ceremony for the man who ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years with an iron grip was in his village of Kutama, about 55 miles from the capital city of Harare
Mugabe died in a Singapore hospital on Sept 6, aged 95, almost two years after a military coup ended his nearly four decades rule as the absolute despot of the newly emerging African nation
Mugabe’s widow Grace and his children accompanied the casket which was draped in Zimbabwe’s green, yellow, red and black flag
No senior government officials were among the audience
Grace Mugabe walked behind his coffin in a black veil as the former Zimbabwe president is buried in a private ceremony in the courtyard of his rural home after long-running dispute between his family and the government over his final resting place
Only approved guests were in attendance at the private farewell today, an uncommon move in Zimbabwe
Mugabe died in a Singapore hospital on September 6, aged 95, almost two years after a military coup ended his 37-year rule as the absolute despot of the young nation that emerged from the former British colony of Rhodesia
His remains was laid to rest in the courtyard of his home in the district of Zvimba, about 55 miles west of the capital Harare.
Mugabe’s widow Grace wore a black veil at the ceremony as she looked on at the coffin draped in the nation’s flag.
Many wore white Mugabe-emblazoned T-shirts with the slogans ‘founding father’, ‘liberator’ and ‘torch bearer.’ Some were singing and dancing. Others sat quietly under two white tents set up for the occasion.
Mugabe’s widow Grace and his children accompanied the casket which was draped in Zimbabwe’s green, yellow, red and black flag.
No senior government officials were among the audience.
The Mugabe family decided to bury Zimbabwe first post independence president in Kutama after weeks of wrangling with the government, who wanted the body laid to rest at the National Heroes Acre in Harare.
Former first lady Grace Mugabe, who wanted her husband buried at their city residence, ‘The Blue palace’ in Harare, is seen wearing a black veil at the burial today
Members of a choral group sing and dance in celebration of Mugabe before the burial of the former president at his home village in Kutama, Zimbabwe today
Mugabe was toppled by his formerly loyal army generals in 2017.
Many in Mugabe’s family are bitter over his ouster and the role played by his deputy and successor Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was elected president in 2018.
Zimbabwe remains deeply split over his legacy.