Alexa Thousands gather for Robert Mugabe’s funeral

Thousands gather for Robert Mugabe’s funeral


Published: 23:10 14 September 2019  



African leaders have gathered for the state funeral of Robert Mugabe. After a week of dispute, Mugabe’s family and Zimbabwean officials agreed the divisive former leader will be buried at a national heroes' cemetery.

Former and current African leaders were joined by thousands of supporters Saturday for the state funeral of former Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe at the National Sports Stadium in the capital, Harare.

Mugabe died September 6 in Singapore at the age of 95. He ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years and left behind a legacy marked by repression and economic crisis.

Those in attendance at the state funeral included South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, South Sudan's Salva Kiir, Rwanda's Paul Kagame, along with other leaders from Equatorial Guinea and Congo.

They arrived in crowds chanting Zimbabwean liberation songs and banging on drums. Mugabe's casket, covered with the Zimbabwean flag, was marched slowly into the stadium, accompanied by a military band and an escort of officers.

Source: DW