Mugabe’s burial: Zimbabwean govt didn’t consult us -Family

Media playback is unsupported on your device                  Media caption Robert Mugabe's body arrived home in Zimbabwe on Wednesday ahead of a state funeral

Mnangagwa made the remarks at the Blue Roof in Harare on Friday.

While consultations between Government and the Mugabe Family on the burial arrangements continue, the Media are advised to be particularly wary of false material circulating in the social media on the same, and as far as possible to rely on authentic communication from Government, its designated officials, and from authorized spokesperson (s) of the Mugabe Family. There was a discord between Mugabe's family and the government on where he should be buried.

The remains of the late former President Robert Mugabe has arrived in Zimbabwe and was received by his successor Emmerson Mnangagwa who heaped praises on his former boss as a revolutionary leader and an icon of pan Africanism.

The government had earlier stated that Mugabe, who died last week at the age of 95, would be buried at the Heroes' Acre state monument, a burial place reserved for top officials of Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF party.

"We have no idea where we will bury him yet", said Mnangagwa at the Mugabe family home of Thursday.

Mr Mugabe's family says his body will be displayed in his home village of Kutama on Sunday night, and will be buried at a private ceremony.

This, he claimed, is only due to the fact that the procession will be rooted in the former Zimbabwean leader's cultural traditions.

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The family "also observed with shock that the Government of Zimbabwe is attempting to coerce us to accept a programme for funeral and burial" which was contrary to Mugabe's wishes, the statement said. The state preferred the National Heroes' Acre in Harare.

The casket is to be taken to Rufaro Stadium in Harare's poor Mbare neighbourhood and then to Zvimba, Mugabe's birthplace 85 kilometres northwest of the capital, where it is expected to stay overnight.

Mugabe hoisted the new Zimbabwe flag and lit the independence flame on April 18, 1980 - bringing hope for a new era after a long insurgency.

The presidential guard await the arrival of the body of former president Robert Mugabe at his official residence in the capital Harare.

Some family members are still bitter over his ouster, and the role his former ally Mnangagwa played.

Grace Mugabe is expected to stay beside the casket the entire time.

Mnangagwa himself is under pressure after promising to attract investment and create jobs in a post-Mugabe era, with little success.

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