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Zimbabwe ruling party lauds world leaders who attended Mugabe’s funeral

HARARE, Zimbabwe – Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF party says it appreciates world leaders, special envoys, international delegations, local political players and the generality of Zimbabweans who attended the funeral service for the late former President Robert Mugabe.

The ruling ZANU-PF leadership expressed its appreciation on Sunday.

Former President Mugabe died on September 6, 2019, in Singapore but is accorded his country’s highest honor as a national hero.

Pall bearers carry the casket of late Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe

The former President will be buried at the National Heroes Acre in Harare after the mausoleum being constructed for his body is completed.

According to a government spokesman, at least 11 African heads of state and representatives of heads of several countries, together with former heads of state from the Southern African Development Community (SADC), attended the funeral service for the late President Mugabe at the National Sports Stadium on Saturday.

Several Zimbabweans also attended the funeral at the Rufaro Stadium in Harare on Thursday and Friday.

Khaya Moyo, ZANU-PF secretary for information Simon, said that the strong attendance by the leaders and envoys from across Africa and beyond demonstrated how Mugabe’s life and works had illuminated the world and awoken African consciousness through his policies on land reform and indigenous empowerment.

“Equally, the outpouring of grief by the leaders at the ceremony not only testifies to the excellent fraternal and cordial relations both present and past global leaders shared with the late Comrade Mugabe during his tenure first as Prime Minister and later as President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, but also the respectability which the late President commanded at the global stage,” he said in a statement.

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Ben Mabande

Ben Mabande is a researcher and senior contributing reporter with Globe Afrique Media.

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