President Emmerson Mnangagwa asked the Mugabes to set aside their bitterness after the family rejected plans to bury the late statesman at the National Heroes Acre on Sunday.

Robert Mugabe’s family including his wife, Grace (veiled,) sits and watches on as members of the public view the body of the former president. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

Robert Mugabe’s family including his wife, Grace (veiled,) sits and watches on as members of the public view the body of the former president. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

HARARE – With the dispute between Robert Mugabe’s family and the government over his burial already overshadowing the mourning period, Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa appealed for cool heads.

Mnangagwa asked the Mugabes to set aside their bitterness after the family rejected plans to bury the late statesman at the National Heroes Acre on Sunday.

They want him laid to rest in his home village of Zvimba in a private ceremony only attended by close friends and family.

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