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20:00  14 september  2019
20:00  14 september  2019 Source:   uk.news.yahoo.com

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Service for Zimbabwe’ s founding president will be at National Sports Stadium .

A funeral service for late Former President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe , will take place today[on Saturday] at the National Stadium in Harare . He will be

African leaders have hailed Robert Mugabe as a “liberation hero” at his official funeral service which is took place today in the national stadium in the capital Harare.

Zimbabwe's former president, who died earlier this month aged 95 in a clinic in Singapore, was called a visionary by current Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who said "our motherland is in tears".

However, the 60,000 capacity stadium was only a quarter full as many Zimbabweans said they would shun the ceremony because of soaring inflation and high unemployment rates under his rule in his later years.

Robert Mugabe's funeral takes place in Harare at quarter-full stadium © Provided by Oath Inc. The casket of former president Robert Mugabe is escorted by military officers as it departs after a state funeral at the National Sports Stadium in the capital Harare, Zimbabwe Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019. African heads of state and envoys gathered to attend a state funeral for Zimbabwe's founding president, Robert Mugabe, whose burial has been delayed for at least a month until a special mausoleum can be built for his remains. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

A military brass band was led family members along with officials from the ruling Zanu-PF party and foreign dignitaries from across Africa carried the casket, which was draped in the national flag, across the grass of the stadium.

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Scenes from the funeral at the former Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe ' s Blue Roof mansion in Harare , as well as from Rufaro Stadium where a parade will take place . Details of the late president's burial are also part of this video.

A number of Zimbabwe’s opposition leaders were also present.

South African president Cyril Ramaphosa was also there but was booed by some in the crowd because of the xenophobic violence in South Africa.

Robert Mugabe's funeral takes place in Harare at quarter-full stadium
Robert Mugabe's funeral takes place in Harare at quarter-full stadium
Robert Mugabe's funeral takes place in Harare at quarter-full stadium
Robert Mugabe's funeral takes place in Harare at quarter-full stadium

Mugabe ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years but was forced out of office in 2017.

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Several heads of state, including President Cyril Ramaphosa, are attending the state funeral service of Zimbabwe' s late President, Robert Mugabe , at the National Sports Stadium in Harare today. For more news, visit: sabcnews.com.

The body of Robert Mugabe has arrived back in Zimbabwe after a private flight from Singapore He will be buried on Sunday after a state funeral on Saturday. However, his final resting place remains On Thursday and Friday, Mr Mugabe is due to lie in state at Rufaro Stadium , in Mbare township in

His rule was mired in accusations of human rights abuses and corruption. The country struggles with food and fuel shortages caused by decades of economic mismanagement.

"We are happier now that he is gone. Why should I go to his funeral? I don't have fuel," one Harare resident told AFP.

"We don't want to hear anything about him anymore. He is the cause of our problems."

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President Mnangagwa - the man who overthrew Mr Mugabe - sat just two seats away from Mr Mugabe's widow, Grace.

The Mugabe family's representative, Walter Chidhakwa's voice cracked as he spoke of his uncle's final years after he'd been removed from office.

Robert Mugabe's funeral takes place in Harare at quarter-full stadium © Provided by Oath Inc. The casket of former president Robert Mugabe is escorted by military officers as it departs after a state funeral at the National Sports Stadium in the capital Harare, Zimbabwe Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019. African heads of state and envoys gathered to attend a state funeral for Zimbabwe's founding president, Robert Mugabe, whose burial has been delayed for at least a month until a special mausoleum can be built for his remains. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

“Despite certain misgivings, within certain quarters about his so-called mistakes ... the government’s position is clear,” the foreign minister, Sibusiso Moyo, told Agence France-Presse. “The late President Mugabe is an icon.”

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Former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe ' s coffin has arrived at the national sports stadium in Harare ahead of his funeral . More than a dozen current and former leaders are guests at the event.

Mugabe will be buried in a mausoleum at the National Heroes Acre shrine in Harare in about 30 days [Tony Karumba/AFP]. Al Jazeera's Haru Mutasa, reporting from the national stadium in the capital, said the wrangle over the burial exposed the deep divisions in the country over Mugabe ' s legacy.

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Robert Mugabe's funeral takes place in Harare at quarter-full stadium

The burial of the former President will be delayed for at least a month until a special mausoleum can be built at a prominent spot at the national Heroes' Acre monument.

The decision is the latest turn in a dramatic tussle between his family and the country's current leader over where he should be laid to rest, with his widow, Grace, insisting on a private burial rather than the state funeral and burial in a simple plot alongside other national heroes planned by the government.

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Robert Mugabe's funeral takes place in Harare at quarter-full stadium
Robert Mugabe's funeral takes place in Harare at quarter-full stadium
Robert Mugabe's funeral takes place in Harare at quarter-full stadium
Robert Mugabe's funeral takes place in Harare at quarter-full stadium
Robert Mugabe's funeral takes place in Harare at quarter-full stadium
Robert Mugabe's funeral takes place in Harare at quarter-full stadium
Robert Mugabe's funeral takes place in Harare at quarter-full stadium
Robert Mugabe's funeral takes place in Harare at quarter-full stadium
Robert Mugabe's funeral takes place in Harare at quarter-full stadium
Robert Mugabe's funeral takes place in Harare at quarter-full stadium
Robert Mugabe's funeral takes place in Harare at quarter-full stadium
Robert Mugabe's funeral takes place in Harare at quarter-full stadium
Robert Mugabe's funeral takes place in Harare at quarter-full stadium
Robert Mugabe's funeral takes place in Harare at quarter-full stadium
Robert Mugabe's funeral takes place in Harare at quarter-full stadium
Robert Mugabe's funeral takes place in Harare at quarter-full stadium
Robert Mugabe's funeral takes place in Harare at quarter-full stadium
Robert Mugabe's funeral takes place in Harare at quarter-full stadium
Robert Mugabe's funeral takes place in Harare at quarter-full stadium
Robert Mugabe's funeral takes place in Harare at quarter-full stadium
Robert Mugabe's funeral takes place in Harare at quarter-full stadium
Robert Mugabe's funeral takes place in Harare at quarter-full stadium
Robert Mugabe's funeral takes place in Harare at quarter-full stadium
Robert Mugabe's funeral takes place in Harare at quarter-full stadium
Robert Mugabe's funeral takes place in Harare at quarter-full stadium
Robert Mugabe's funeral takes place in Harare at quarter-full stadium
Robert Mugabe's funeral takes place in Harare at quarter-full stadium
Robert Mugabe's funeral takes place in Harare at quarter-full stadium
Robert Mugabe's funeral takes place in Harare at quarter-full stadium
Robert Mugabe's funeral takes place in Harare at quarter-full stadium
Robert Mugabe's funeral takes place in Harare at quarter-full stadium
Robert Mugabe's funeral takes place in Harare at quarter-full stadium

Mnangagwa said his predecessor had been declared a "national hero" and that Zimbabwe would mourn him until the burial.

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Former President Jacob Zuma visited the Mugabe home in Harare late last night to express his condolences to the former president' s family. Zuma arrived during the night vigil for Robert Mugabe ahead of a government funeral service to be held at the national stadium today.

Zimbabwe' s founder Robert Mugabe will be buried at a national shrine in Harare on SundayCredit: EPA. Mugabe was born in what was then the British colony of Southern Rhodesia, which operated under white-minority rule before splitting with the UK after refusing to become democratic.

Robert Mugabe's funeral takes place in Harare at quarter-full stadium © Provided by Oath Inc. Undated file photo of Robert Mugabe, the former prime minister and president of Zimbabwe whose rule was mired in accusations of human rights abuses and corruption, and who has died aged 95. Robert Mugabe's funeral takes place in Harare at quarter-full stadium © Provided by Oath Inc. Zimbabwean military officers fired a 21-gun salute to honor the late former president Robert Mugabe during a state funeral at the National Sports Stadium in Harare, Zimbabwe, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019. African heads of state and envoys gathered to attend a state funeral for Zimbabwe's founding president, Robert Mugabe, whose burial has been delayed for at least a month until a special mausoleum can be built for his remains. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

"The late departed icon will be eternally remembered and honoured for the bold and historic land reform programme which he undertook," he said.

Mugabe passed away in Singapore, where he had been hospitalised in April.

He had been battling ill health, and following his fall from office.

Adam Molai, Mugabe's nephew, said the former president died of old age "surrounded by family".

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