The burial of the late former President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, has been postponed indefinitely, Concise News reports.
The burial was earlier scheduled to hold on Sunday in Zimbabwe but is not likely to hold again, according to family members of the deceased ex-president.
According to Mugabe’s nephew, Leo Mugabe, who is also the family’s spokesman, Mugabe told Zimlive that Robert Mugabe was a chief and he would be given a traditional burial.
He said, “Mugabe was a chief and he will be buried in accordance with tradition. The chiefs have not told us where he will be buried, so it is not clear yet. I also don’t know,” he said.
It was reported that in some parts of Zimbabwe, burials of chiefs are a secret affair and people are only told the resting place afterward.
Mugabe died on Friday at the age of 95 in Singapore, where he was receiving medical treatment.
Mugabe’s body is expected back in Zimbabwe on Wednesday.
Concise News had reported that a government statement said on Monday that Mugabe will be buried on September 15.
Mugabe, 95, died on September 6 in Singapore where he had been receiving medical treatment since April.
He ruled Zimbabwe for nearly four decades until November 2017 when he resigned.
According to the memo to diplomats accredited to Harare, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said a funeral service for Mugabe will be held on Saturday in the National Sports Stadium, before his burial on Sunday.
The ministry did not indicate where Mugabe, who has since been declared a national hero, will be buried.
According to the country’s tradition, national heroes and heroines are buried at the National Heroes Acre, a hilltop in the capital Harare although families may opt for another burial place.
In the memo, the ministry said Heads of State and Government wishing to attend the state funeral service on Saturday should arrive in Harare on Friday.
“Heads of State/Government are expected to depart immediately after the ceremony taking into consideration that Government authorities will be fully occupied with preparations for the burial service/ceremony reserved for Sept. 15.
“The full programme for the funeral service will be made available in due course.’’
The government has said it will send a high-powered delegation led by Vice President Kembo Mohadi to Singapore on Monday to help with the repatriation of Mugabe’s body.
According to the statement, his body is expected to arrive in the country on Wednesday.