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Zimbabwe resolve row over Mugabe’s resting-place

The body of ex-Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe will be buried in the National Heroes Acre monument in the capital, Harare.

 Family spokesman and nephew, Leo Mugabe, told the BBC on Friday there were no more lingering issues with the government, following a public row between the two sides over the deceased former leader’s final resting site.

Although Leo Mugabe said the funeral date had not yet been determined, it was nevertheless agreed that there will be a public ceremony at the state cemetery in Harare on September 15, followed by a ceremony at Mr. Mugabe’s home village.

Mr. Mugabe, ninety-five, died last week while being treated in Singapore.

His body is now lying in state at the Rufaro football stadium in the capital.

The ex-president’s family had earlier expressed shock at not having been consulted by the government about the funeral arrangements.

Upon declaring Mr. Mugabe a national hero after his passing, President Emmerson Mnangagwa had indicated he should be buried at the national monument.

Mr. Mnangagwa’s announcement sparked a succession of angry reactions from several members of the Mugabe family.

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