Plane Carrying Body Of Robert Mugabe Touches Down In Zimbabwe

Riyaz Patel

The plane carrying the body of Robert Mugabe has landed at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport.

The remains of Zimbabwe’s long-time president was flown out of Singapore, where he was receiving treatment for several months.

Mugabe, the rebel leader who swept to power after Zimbabwe’s independence from Britain and went on to rule for 37 years until he was ousted in 2017, died Friday aged 95 in Singapore.

His health deteriorated after he was toppled by the military and former loyalists in November 2017, ending an increasingly iron-fisted rule that sent the economy into ruin.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa was on hand to receive the body of Zimbabwe’s founding president.

Mugabe is due to lie in state at Rufaro Stadium, in Mbare township in Harare, where he was sworn in as Zimbabwe’s first prime minister after independence from the UK in 1980.

He will be buried Sunday after a state funeral on Saturday.

A delegation including Vice President Kembo Mohadi travelled to Singapore to bring his body back to Zimbabwe.

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