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Family responds to reports that Mugabe’s body was flown to Singapore

THE family of the late former President Robert Mugabe has dismissed as fake news reports that the late liberation icon’s body has been flown to Singapore for safe-keeping until his burial when a mausoleum for him is complete.

Mugabe will be laid to rest at the National Heroes’ Acre in Harare.

Speaking to the media on reports of the whereabouts of the body, Leo Mugabe said: “There have been messages circulating on social media about the remains of the former leader being flown back to Singapore; they are false. We all woke up to these messages on WhatsApp, but they are just rumours and nothing of that nature is happening.

“I am not sure about the One Commando thing. All we know is the body will be kept safely,” Leo said.

Leo, however, struggled to give a comprehensive explanation concerning where the body of the late leader would be kept while preparations of his burial were being finalised.

Since the body arrived in Zimbabwe, it has never been taken to a local funeral palour on the backdrop of reports that Mugabes body was embalmed to last for five years.

The 95 year old leader, who died on September 6, is yet to be buried as government has engaged a Chinese company, Shanghai Construction Group, to build a mausoleum at the National Heroes Acre as his final resting place.

The burial is set for mid-October when construction of the mausoleum is expected to have been completed.

Mugabe ascended to power as Prime Minister when the country attained its independence from Britain in 1980, later becoming executive President of Zimbabwe in 1987.

In November 2017, he was ousted from power through a military intervention after internal squabbles in Zanu PF reached fever pitch

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