Tears and tributes as leaders, supporters bid farewell to Zimbabwe's Mugabe

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Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa welcomes former president of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, ahead of the state funeral of Zimbabwe's founder and longtime ruler Robert Mugabe, at the national sports stadium in Harare, Zimbabwe, on 14th September.

PICTURE: Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko He died in a Singapore hospital on 6th September aged 95, far away from a country he left polarised by a raging political rivalry between its two largest political parties, ZANU-PF and the opposition MDC. His remains will be interred in a mausoleum at the National Heroes Acre in the capital Harare in about 30 days, his nephew said on Friday, contradicting earlier comments that a burial would be held on Sunday.

On Saturday, Mnangagwa walked behind the casket carrying Mugabe's body as it was wheeled into the centre of Harare's National Sports Stadium and placed on a podium decorated with flowers so that heads of state could say their farewells.

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