Zimbabwe’s former president Robert Mugabe has been laid to rest in the rural village where he was born, three weeks after his death at the age of 95.
He was buried in the courtyard of his home in Kutama, about 90 kilometres west of the capital Harare.
Mugabe died in a Singapore hospital on September 6, nearly two years after a coup ended his 37 years in power.
The Mugabe family decided on a private burial in Kutama after weeks of argument with the government.
Ministers had wanted the body to rest at the National Heroes Acre in Harare.
A mausoleum for the former president was being constructed at the site, which is reserved for heroes of Zimbabwe’s liberation struggle.
But Mugabe’s family said he had wanted to be buried at his rural home, close to his late mother Bona.
Mugabe, a guerrilla leader who fought against white minority rule in what was then Rhodesia, took power after independence from Britain in 1980.
Initially lauded as an icon of African liberation, his rule became steadily more repressive as he clamped down on political opponents.
Disastrous economic and agricultural policies drove the once-prosperous country into the ground, and millions fled abroad.
Mugabe was brought down by army generals in 2017. His deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa was elected president in 2018.—BBC
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