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The successor of Robert Mugabe, current Zimbabwean president Emmerson Mnangangwa (pictured on Friday), wants to bury his predecessor in a shrine on a hilltop in Harare
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Robert Mugabe's family is at odds with the Zimbabwean government about how to bury the former dictator.

Mugabe's successor Emmerson Mnangangwa wants to bury his predecessor next Sunday in the National Heroes Acre, a shrine on a hilltop in Harare, where a grave is waiting for the former president and his wife Grace.

But Mugabe would have told his family that he wanted to be buried quietly with his mother, and the politicians and generals who had overthrown him in 2017 took the chance to pontify his corpse & # 39;

A delegation is expected to leave Zimbabwe today to collect its body.

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& # 39; He died like a very bitter man & # 39 ;, the family spokesperson and nephew Leo Mugabe told reporters in the family's rural home on Saturday.

& # 39; Imagine that the people who protect you, the ones you trusted the most, turn against you. & # 39;

Mugabe died on Friday at the hospital in Singapore for 95 years, almost two years after his 38-year rule was ended by a military coup.

The successor of Robert Mugabe, current Zimbabwean president Emmerson Mnangangwa (pictured on Friday), wants to bury his predecessor in a shrine on a hilltop in Harare

The successor of Robert Mugabe, current Zimbabwean president Emmerson Mnangangwa (pictured on Friday), wants to bury his predecessor in a shrine on a hilltop in Harare

Mugabe, pictured in April 2017 with his wife Grace, is supposed to have told his family that he wanted to be buried quietly with his mother
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Mugabe, pictured in April 2017 with his wife Grace, is supposed to have told his family that he wanted to be buried quietly with his mother

Mugabe, pictured in April 2017 with his wife Grace, is supposed to have told his family that he wanted to be buried quietly with his mother

According to state-run media, Mugabe's body will return to Zimbabwe on Wednesday.

Mnangangwa and family members will receive his body at an airport named after Mugabe in Harare, according to reports.

The body will be brought to his rural home about 50 miles southwest of Harare before being placed in a giant stadium for public viewing.

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Mnangagwa, who described Mr. Mugabe as a & # 39; a great teacher and mentor & # 39 ;, declared him a national hero, the highest posthumous award in the country.

The former ally of Mugabe replaced him as president in 2017 after the Zimbabwean army was finally fed up with Mugabe and placed him under house arrest.

Mnangagwa had close ties with the army, which intervened to put an end to the presidential ambitions of Mugabe & # 39; s wife Grace.

He said official mourning will only end after the funeral at the National Heroes Acre, a sanctuary reserved exclusively for Zimbabweans who have made huge sacrifices during the war against the white minority government.

The bizarre centerpiece of Heroes Acre, built by North Korea, is a monument that represents two AK-47 assault rifles, with the graves arranged to form magazines.

Zaffabwe's agent Claudius Nhema and other visitors leave after attending a private religious service today in Singapore Casket, the funeral home where the body of Mugabe is being held
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Zaffabwe's agent Claudius Nhema and other visitors leave after attending a private religious service today in Singapore Casket, the funeral home where the body of Mugabe is being held

Zaffabwe's agent Claudius Nhema and other visitors leave after attending a private religious service today in Singapore Casket, the funeral home where the body of Mugabe is being held

A grave is waiting for Mugabe at the National Heroes Acre monument (photo) built in North Korea on the outskirts of the capital, but apparently he will leave it empty

A grave is waiting for Mugabe at the National Heroes Acre monument (photo) built in North Korea on the outskirts of the capital, but apparently he will leave it empty

A grave is waiting for Mugabe at the National Heroes Acre monument (photo) built in North Korea on the outskirts of the capital, but apparently he will leave it empty

His first wife Sally is already buried there and there is another plot for his highly despised second wife Grace.

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However, Mugabe did not want Mnangagwa and his allies to stand & pontify about his dead body & # 39; and political capital of his death, according to the Zimbabwean media.

Before losing his speech, he told his family that he wanted to be buried next to his mother instead of a & # 39; hero funeral & # 39; in Harare by the leaders who had turned against him.

& # 39; He was very bitter and it affected his legacy, … it was not an easy thing for him, & # 39; said Mugabe & # 39; s cousin on Saturday.

A source close to the family said Mugabe had flown to Singapore five months ago where his health was rapidly deteriorating.

In what seems to be the last pictures of Mugabe, the former dictator looked brittle and weak next to his favorite son in June.

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Robert Jr., who spent much of his time with his father in his final months, shared photos of Mugabe who looked slumped and shriveled in a training suit, baseball cap and white beard.

Visitors leave the Singapore Casket funeral parlor today. Mugabe's body is expected to return to Zimbabwe on Wednesday

Visitors leave the Singapore Casket funeral parlor today. Mugabe's body is expected to return to Zimbabwe on Wednesday

Visitors leave the Singapore Casket funeral parlor today. Mugabe's body is expected to return to Zimbabwe on Wednesday

These pictures of the Robert Mugabe, taken in Singapore, make him look weak and weak alongside his favorite son Robert Junior and may be the last ever made of him

These pictures of the Robert Mugabe, taken in Singapore, make him look weak and weak alongside his favorite son Robert Junior and may be the last ever made of him

These pictures of the Robert Mugabe, taken in Singapore, make him look weak and weak alongside his favorite son Robert Junior and may be the last ever made of him

Mugabe ruled in Zimbabwe for 40 years, during which time there was widespread bloodshed, political opponents were persecuted and large-scale votes were cast
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Mugabe ruled in Zimbabwe for 40 years, during which time there was widespread bloodshed, political opponents were persecuted and large-scale votes were cast

Mugabe ruled in Zimbabwe for 40 years, during which time there was widespread bloodshed, political opponents were persecuted and large-scale votes were cast

The visible ailments of Mugabe were often shrouded in mystery. Officials often said he was being treated for a cataract and frequently denied private reports that he had prostate cancer.

Flags flew on half mast in Harare on Saturday, where only a handful of supporters took to the streets.

Mugabe came to power in 1980 as the founder of Zimbabwe, initially praised as a liberator after the country became completely independent of the British regime.

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But his own rule was characterized by murder, bloodshed, torture, persecution of political opponents, intimidation and large-scale voting.

The economy of a country rich in minerals fell into chaos, with thousands of people falling into poverty.

Since coming to power, Mnangagwa has promised reforms that would stimulate economic growth and create jobs, but he has made little progress.

Mugabe also became a pariah in the West following controversial land reforms that promoted Mugabe's personal wealth.

Despite Zimbabwe's decline during his rule, Mugabe remained challenging and scolded by the West for his neo-colonialist attitude.

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He enjoyed some support from colleagues in Africa who admired him because he had a hard line with the West, and several current African leaders paid tribute after his death.

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