A woman wearing a dress with the face of former president Robert Mugabe, joins with others to sing political songs of his ZANU-PF party, at his house in his home village of Kutama, in Zimbabwe Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. The body of Mugabe is being flown to the capital, Harare, on Wednesday where it will be displayed at historic locations for several days before burial at a location still undecided because of friction between the ex-leader's family and the government. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

Mugabe body arrives in Zimbabwe, burial place not announced

September 11, 2019 - 9:56 am

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The body of Zimbabwe's longtime ruler Robert Mugabe has arrived in the capital, Harare, where it was met by President Emmerson Mnangagwa and a full military delegation.

Widow Grace Mugabe, dressed in black and with a black veil, was seated at a podium on the tarmac.

Mugabe's body will be displayed at historic locations for several days before burial at a location still unannounced, indicating friction between the ex-leader's family and the government.

Mugabe, who died at 95 in a Singapore hospital on Friday, was a guerrilla leader who led the fight to end white-minority rule in what was then Rhodesia, and ruled Zimbabwe from its independence in 1980 until he was deposed in 2017.

During his 37-year authoritarian leadership Zimbabwe descended from prosperity to economic crisis.

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