Foreign Heads of State and Government may witness the burial of former Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe, if indications coming out from the country on Sunday, is anything to go by.
Words coming from the country, showed that the foreign leaders, may only witness the funeral service, which would kick off on Saturday, September 14, and depart from there before the actual burial the next day, according to the official statement from the Zimbabwean government.
Though the final burial place for the former strong man who died in Singapore on Thursday, is yet to be determined, the statement conveying the position, explained that state officials would be “too busy” afterwards to cater for the foreign dignitaries.
The statement, read in part: “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of the Republic of Zimbabwe presents its compliments to all Diplomatic Missions accredited to Zimbabwe and has the honour to convey the following arrangements for the funeral of the late former President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Cde Robert Gabriel Mugabe: “The State Funeral Service will be held on Saturday 14 September 2019, in the morning at the National Sports Stadium in Harare. The times will be advised.
“Heads of State/Government wishing to attend the Ceremony are advised to arrive in Harare on Friday 13 September 2019. 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 Sunday 15 September 2019.
“The full programme for the funeral service will be made available in due course. The Government has block booked accommodation for 1+2 per delegation.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of the Republic of Zimbabwe avails itself of this opportunity to renew to all Diplomatic Missions accredited to the Republic of Zimbabwe the assurances of its highest consideration.”