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Villagers of Zvimba, rural district of Zimbabwe’s late former President Robert Mugabe queue for breakfast at the Mugabe family compound in Kutama, where people gathered to wait for the arrival of his body, on September 15, 2019. – Zimbabwe gave former leader Robert Mugabe a state funeral with African leaders paying tribute to a man they lauded as a liberation hero but whose 37-year rule was defined by repression and economic turmoil. (Photo by TONY KARUMBA / AFP)

Robert Mugabe’s body heads for wake in home village

The remains of former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe will be taken to his village for a wake on Monday, a family member said, as his final burial is prepared in about a month.
Zimbabweans wait for the arrival of the body of former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe to the country after he died on Friday (September 6) in Singapore after a long illness, Harare, Zimbabwe, September 11, 2019. REUTERS-Siphiwe Sibeko

Thousands welcome Robert Mugabe’s remains

The body of Zimbabwe’s ex-president, Robert Mugabe, arrived home yesterday for burial in a country divided over the legacy of a former liberation hero whose 37-year rule was marked by repression and economic ruin.
The responses to the announcement were immediate and widely varied. Some hailed former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe a liberation hero. Others dismissed him as a monster.

Robert Mugabe as divisive in death as he was in life

The responses to the announcement were immediate and widely varied. Some hailed former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe a liberation hero. Others dismissed him as a "monster". This suggests that Mugabe will be as divisive a figure in death as he was in life, writes Roger Southall.

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