Harare: Zimbabwe’s late longstanding President Robert Mugabe was honoured on Saturday with a state funeral at the National Sports Stadium ahead of his burial. Dozens of African heads of state and diplomats from around the world were in attendance.
Mugabe died last week in Singapore. His body was taken back to Harare on Wednesday on a direct flight. Mugabe’s coffin was brought to the stadium on Saturday flanked by military officials and relatives, including his wife Grace, who walked along a red carpet to the podium for the tribute speeches.
Members of the military and civilians marched at the country’s largest stadium to the cheers and singing of thousands of Zimbabweans, who observed the ceremony from the stands. President Emmerson Mnangagwa attended the event along with 11 African heads of state, including South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta and Equatorial Guinea’s Teodoro Obiang Nguema, Efe news reported. Mugabe will be buried on Sunday at the National Heroes Acre, a graveyard for the country’s elite. (IANS)