Mugabe's nephew slams Mnangagwa and Zanu-PF: 'They tormented him'

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Mugabe, who died last Friday at the age of 95, has proved troublesome even in death with his family and his successor Emmerson Mnangagwa at loggerheads about how his burial should be handled.

The family of Mugabe and Zimbabwe's government have been at odds over whether he would be buried at his homestead in Kutama, northwest of Harare, or at the National Heroes Acre in the capital.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who toppled Mugabe with the help of the military after he was sacked as vice president, said on Wednesday that Mugabe would be buried on Sunday - but did not say where burial would take place.

Former opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who died in February a year ago, lay in state for a night at the military barracks and it was later claimed by his supporters that some rituals were performed on his body overnight.

People queue at the Rufaro Stadium in Harare, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, where former President Robert Mugabe will lie in state for a public viewing.

Mugabe was Zimbabwe's first leader after the country became independent in 1980.

There is a lot of activity at the home as family, friends and citizens arrive to comfort Mugabe's loved ones.

Controversy over where and when Mugabe will be buried has overshadowed arrangements for Zimbabweans to pay their respects to the deceased leader.

His violent seizure of white-owned farms helped ravage the economy, sent foreign investors fleeing and turned Mugabe into an worldwide pariah - even if his status as a liberation hero still resonates in Africa.

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The body will be taken to Mugabe's private Harare residence, known as the Blue Roof, for the night.

"Such an icon, one whose funeral service is going to be attended by nearly 50 current and former heads of state. That's the decision of the whole family", his nephew Leo Mugabe told AFP.

The family issued a statement saying it was concerned about the manner in which the government was preparing the programme for Mugabe's funeral "without consulting his immediate family".

Paramedics pulled those injured from the crowd after a stampede while Zimbabweans viewed the body of the later former President Robert Mugabe.

"I am here to do the African thing that is expected.to pay honour", said Nelson Chamisa, leader of the Movement for Democratic Change, the main opposition party.

Soon after, Mugabe was toppled by protesters and the army in what was seen as part of a power struggle within the ruling ZANU-PF party between pro-Mnangagwa factions and Mugabe loyalists siding with his wife Grace.

"In politics we have had many differences but we are here to reflect on his contribution".

However, it seems some family members want to follow Zimbabwean tradition and bury Mugabe at his home village of Kutama.

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

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