Mugabe funeral: Leader’s body kept in hometown after state funeral

The body of Zimbabwe’s former president Robert Mugabe is being kept in his birthplace, after a sparsely-attended state funeral at in the capital Harare.

African leaders hailed Mr Mugabe as a liberation hero, while current Zimbabwean president Emmerson Mnangagwa said “our motherland is in tears”.

But most seats in the 60,000-capacity stadium were empty.

Many Zimbabweans said they would shun the ceremony because of the repression that marked Mr Mugabe’s later rule.

The country’s economy is in crisis, with soaring inflation and unemployment, and some blame this on the former leader.

“We are happier now that he is gone. Why should I go to his funeral? I don’t have fuel,” a Harare resident told AFP. “We don’t want to hear anything about him anymore. He is the cause of our problems.”

Mr Mugabe’s body will be viewed by the public in his rural hometown, Zvimba, on Sunday, local media reports.

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