The body of Robert Mugabe will be buried in his home town, following a final twist in a row over the former Zimbabwean leader’s resting place.
Mugabe died this month aged 95 and a funeral was held in the capital Harare.
The government had resisted his family’s wish for him to be buried in his home region of Zvimba, deciding that he should lay in Heroes Acre – a national monument and burial ground.
The family eventually consented, but on Thursday the government backtracked.
It was not immediately clear what prompted the late change in plans. The Mugabe family had appeared content with the burial at Heroes Acre, after it was agreed that a mausoleum would be built for the former leader.
In a statement published on Thursday, Information Minister Nick Mangwana said the change was in line with policy “to respect the wishes of families of deceased heroes”.
Update on the burial arrangements of the late former President R.G Mugabe pic.twitter.com/cAS0lFyl33
— Ministry of Information, Publicity & Broadcasting (@InfoMinZW) September 26, 2019
Mugabe died in Singapore while receiving treatment for cancer, and his body was flown back to Zimbabwe, according to BBC report.
In the wake of his death, the family publicly complained that they had not been consulted about arrangements for the state funeral.
In a statement, they accused the government of coercion, and said plans to bury Mugabe at the monument were “contrary to [Mugabe’s] wishes”.
The statement said that one of his final requests was for his wife, Grace Mugabe, to never leave Mr Mugabe’s coffin during the funeral and up until the point when he was buried.