Zimbabweans bid farewell to Robert Mugabe


Thousands of Zimbabweans have trooped to the national stadium in the country’s capital Harare to honour late president Robert Mugabe at a state funeral.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa hailed his predecessor as an icon and principled leader.

“We who remain shall continue to hear his rich, brave, defiant and inspiring voice … encouraging and warning us to be vigilant and astute,” Mnangagwa said in a speech.

“A giant tree of Africa has fallen. Today Africa weeps.”

African leaders, past and present, were also present at the stadium, alongside veterans of Africa’s liberation struggles. Notable among them were Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa and Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta.

Other heads of state who attended Saturday’s funeral included long-ruling leaders from Equatorial Guinea and Congo while China, Russia and Cuba were represented by officials.

Mugabe led Zimbabwe for 37 years, from independence until he was ousted by the army in November 2017.

The former President died in a Singapore hospital on Sept. 6 aged 95. His remains will be interred in a mausoleum at the National Heroes Acre in the capital Harare next month.

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