Saturday, 28 September 2019 18:15

The body of Zimbabwe's late former President Robert Mugabe has been buried in his rural village of Kutama after weeks of wrangling between his family and the government over his final resting place.

Mugabe died in a Singapore hospital on September 6, aged 95, almost two years after a military coup ended his 37-year rule.

Hundreds of mourners assembled for the low-key event, which was initially intended to be a private family ceremony.

Mugabe's widow Grace and his children accompanied the casket, draped in Zimbabwe's green, yellow, red and black flag.

No senior government officials were among the audience, including President Emmerson Mnangagwa, a once-trusted deputy who helped remove Mugabe from power in 2017.

Mugabe came to power at the end of white minority rule in 1980 and ruled Zimbabwe uninterrupted for 37 years and seven months.