PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has cut short his engagement at the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa in Cape Town, South Africa to rush home to make funeral arrangements for former president Robert Mugabe.
Mnangangwa was scheduled to attend the closing ceremony at the WEF that ends tonight.
He is expected in Harare around lunch time, sources told Zim Morning Post.
Mugabe died at the age of 95 in a state of the art Singapore health-care facility — thousands of kilometers away from the dilapidated hospitals that his policies fostered.
Zim Morning Post understands Mugabe’s place of burial is still a subject of debate among his family members with some insisting he will not be buried at the National Heroes Acre due to the animosity ignited when he was forced out of power in November 2017 through a military intervention.
In televised interviews after his forced resignation Mugabe said Mnangagwa had taken power unconstitutionally via a coup. He went on to hint at a press conference ahead of the July 30th election that he may vote for opposition candidate, Nelson Chamisa of the MDC over Zanu PF.
Other family members who had always wanted him to resign graciously before matters came to a head want him to receive the send-off his liberation war legacy deserves.
Announcing Mugabe’s death Friday morning Mnangagwa paid glowing tribute to Mugabe and appeared to confirm that the liberation war icon whose legacy was tainted by poor economic policies, gross human rights abuses, disputed elections and farm invasion, would receive a hero’s burial.
“It is with the utmost sadness that I announce the passing on of Zimbabwe’s founding father and former President, Cde Robert Mugabe,” Mnangagwa said.
“Cde Mugabe was an icon of liberation, a pan-Africanist who dedicated his life to the emancipation and empowerment of his people. His contribution to the history of our nation and continent will never be forgotten. May his soul rest in eternal peace.”