The body of Robert Mugabe has arrived back in Zimbabwe from Singapore, where he died last week. The plane bringing the body of Robert Mugabe back to the country landed at the main airport named after the former president at 3.25PM on Wednesday. Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s first leader who ruled the nation for 37 years until he was ousted by the military in November 2017, died in a Singapore hospital on September 6 at the age of 95.
President Emmerson Mnagagwa was at the foot of the plane’s steps to welcome Mugabe’s widow, Grace Mugabe, who was covered in a black veil. A convoy of vehicles with “RG Mugabe” number plates was seen next to the runway and a crowd of people, some wearing the former president’s image on T-shirts, awaited the arrival of the plane.
Mugabe’s body will be taken to the family home known as the “Blue Roof” in Harare. On Thursday and Friday, he is due to lie in state at Rufaro Stadium, in Mbare township in Harare, where he was sworn in as Zimbabwe’s first prime minister after independence from the UK in 1980.
His official state funeral will take place on Saturday at the 60,000-seat National Sports Stadium in Harare. Speaking to a few hundred people gathered at the airport, Mnangagwa announced that Mugabe would be laid to rest on Sunday. A programme would be announced by the home affairs ministry later in the day, he said.