Robert Mugabe's burial delayed as wife sheds tears over tyrant's coffin

Robert Mugabe’s burial is delayed for a month amid row over final resting place as heartbroken wife ‘Gucci Grace’ fights back tears over tyrant’s coffin

14.9.2019

Robert Mugabe’s burial is delayed for a month amid row over final resting place as heartbroken wife ‘Gucci Grace’ fights back tears over tyrant’s coffin

GRACE Mugabe today back tears as she stood over her late husband’s coffin – amid a row over where he will be laid to rest. The despot died in Singapore aged 95 and soldiers escorted the coffi…

The despot died in Singapore aged 95 and soldiers escorted the coffin into the stadium, where African leaders joined ordinary Zimbabweans for the funeral.

Grace was led out of the funeral by her son Chatunga

Grace Mugabe, 54, once had ambitions to succeed her tyrant husband, who died last week aged 95, but remains a deeply unpopular figure among her country's public.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa walked behind the coffin as it was wheeled into the centre of the stadium and placed on a podium decorated with flowers.

The decision to inter Mugabe at the state burial site is the latest turn in the tussle between his family and the president.

The former secretary, dubbed Gucci Grace, is alleged to have assets of up to £1bn, and with her husband is widely suspected of having used public funds to cover her bills.

Robert Mugabe's coffin arriving for his state funeral at the National Stadium

Queues began forming soon after dawn for the funeral

President Emmerson Mnangagwa, pictured, clashed with Mugabe's family about where he should be buried

The crowd at the stadium was thin compared to when his coffin was on display earlier in the week

Mugabe oversaw its construction with North Korean architects atop a prominent hill, featuring a towering sculpture of guerrilla fighters.

At least five people were carried away on stretchers.

Robert Gabriel Mugabe was born on February 21, 1924, into a Catholic family who lived 40 miles west of Harare.

Despite leading Zimbabwe after independence from Britain in 1980, Mugabe's brutal regime saw him regarded by his own hard-pressed people as a tyrant with a penchant for luxury.

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Thousands attend state funeral for former Zimbabwe leader MugabeAfrican heads of state joined thousands of Zimbabweans at 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.

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State funeral for Robert Mugabe but burial delayed to allow special mausoleum to be builtMugabe's final burial at a national monument will only happen after a new mausoleum is built in about 30 days.

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