Mugabe's family agrees to his burial in national monument

Women dressed in colours of the ruling Zanu-PF

Women dressed in colours of the ruling Zanu-PF

This contradicted the comments the family made in a statement on Thursday, in which they resisted the government's burial plans.

Mugabe died last week in Singapore at the age of 95.

"His body will lie in state at Kutama on Sunday night. followed by a private burial - either Monday or Tuesday - no National Heroes Acre".

Meanwhile, family spokesperson Leo Mugabe told news agency Reuters that the former president would be buried at the National Heroes Acre on Sunday.

He dismissed as absolute nonsense reports that President Mnangagwa tried to bribe traditional chiefs from Zvimba to have Cde Mugabe buried at the National Heroes Acre.

Mugabe was ousted from power in Zimbabwe.

Grace Mugabe sits at funeral wake of her husband the late former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe on September 12, 2019, at the Blue Roof mansion in Harare.

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 Grace.

He remained free in Zimbabwe with his family after he was forced from office.

Zimbabweans have been split over the death of a leader once hailed for ending the former British colony Rhodesia of white-minority rule and bringing more access to health and education to the poor.

Despite Mugabe's long history with his successor President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Mugabe was adamant that he did not want him Mnangagwa to take over and had openly stated that he preferred Defence minister, Sydney Sekeramai.

Robert Mugabe's body is on view at a local stadium for a second day.

Heads of state expected to attend the funeral include China's President Xi Jinping, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Kenya's Uhuru Kenyatta.

A massive fuel price hike this year sparked nationwide protests which left at least 17 people dead after soldiers opened fire.