Robert Mugabe burial 'postponed' as haggling over final resting place rages on

Family members and officials are due to fly out from Singapore with Mugabe’s body on Wednesday

Family members and officials are due to fly out from Singapore with Mugabe’s body on Wednesday

The burial of the late former president of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, has been postponed indefinitely.

"After several meetings, the family has told government that the final decision lay with the relatives who are in Singapore and will accompany Mugabe's body back home", a family source revealed.

"To say there is a feud is not correct, it's not true".

Mugabe died in a Singapore hospital on Friday, aged 95.

Zimbabwe's founder Robert Mugabe is proving as polarising in death as he was in life, with a fight over where he will be buried threatening to embarrass his successor and deepen divisions in the ruling ZANU-PF party.

Zimbabwe's Vice President Kembo Mohadi (centre) leaves the Singapore Casket building in Singapore September 10, 2019, where the body of former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe is now being kept. First is where the former president is going to be buried, there's still no agreement on that.

The body is expected in the country this Wednesday, with burial set for Sunday 15 September.

That group is also backed by some members of the faction within ZANU-PF that is closely aligned with Mugabe's wife Grace and wants to get back at Mnangagwa.

If Mugabe is buried at Kutama who will be buried next to Sally as there are reports that a space was reserved for Mugabe next to her grave? However, respected Human Rights lawyer Dr Pedzisai Ruhanya said it is in the best interest for the Mugabe family to be in good books with Zanu-PF and especially Mnangagwa.

The mood at the service was "sombre, everybody is sad", said Molai. Mnangagwa's spokesman George Charamba could not be reached for comment.