Lawlessness will be crushed: ED

Source: Lawlessness will be crushed: ED | Newsday (News) BY VENERANDA LANGA President Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday threatened to crush any acts of lawlessness without fear or favour. Speaking at the burial of the late Major-General Trust Mugoba at the National Heroes Acre, Mnangagwa said under his government, the rule of law shall be applied without […]

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Source: Lawlessness will be crushed: ED | Newsday (News)

BY VENERANDA LANGA

President Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday threatened to crush any acts of lawlessness without fear or favour.

Speaking at the burial of the late Major-General Trust Mugoba at the National Heroes Acre, Mnangagwa said under his government, the rule of law shall be applied without exception.

“My government will not allow the abuse of the constitutionally enshrined democratic rights and freedoms; that comrades like the late Major-General Mugoba, fought so hard to achieve,” he said.

“Acts of subversion, lawlessness, civil delinquency disguised in whatever manner; will not be condoned. The law will apply, without fear or favour.”

Mnangagwa said he was aware of the economic hardships that the country was going through.

“I am aware of the current economic hardships being experienced as a result of a combination of factors such as the continued illegal sanctions, the ongoing economic reforms and drought among other issues. My government will be rolling out more social safety nets, to cushion the vulnerable members of our society,” he said.

On corruption, he said the fight against graft will continue at all levels, adding that every individual must be accountable for their actions.

Turning to the late Mugoba’s heroic deeds, Mnangagwa described him as a hero who understood the importance of hard work and the centrality of economic empowerment to sustainable economic development.

He said the country was disheartened by his untimely death, especially at a time news of the death of former President Robert Mugabe had also been received.

“A sombre mood engulfed the nation on Friday September 6, 2019, as we received the sad news of his untimely death, hours after receiving equally disturbing news of the passing on of our founding father and revolutionary icon, the late former President, Mugabe. It is a heavy double blow that has been dealt to our nation,” Mnangagwa said.

Mugoba family representative Grace Mabika described the late army boss as a loving person who was a problem solver and unifier, adding that he threw away opportunities of a scholarship in the United Kingdom in order to take care of his parents and educate his siblings.

Mugoba, who was born in 1959, was a chief of staff in the Zimbabwe National Army and was currently on secondment to the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa Ethiopia, as the chief of staff for the AU stand-by force.

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FLMs to stage anti-sanctions demonstrations

Source: FLMs to stage anti-sanctions demonstrations | The Herald 12 SEP, 2019 Ambassador Mutsvangwa Leonard Ncube Victoria Falls Reporter FORMER Liberation Movements (FLMs) in the SADC region have resolved to stage anti-sanctions demonstrations at United States embassies in their countries in solidarity with Zimbabwe for the removal of the illegal embargo. The sanctions have decimated […]

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Source: FLMs to stage anti-sanctions demonstrations | The Herald 12 SEP, 2019

FLMs to stage anti-sanctions demonstrationsAmbassador Mutsvangwa

Leonard Ncube Victoria Falls Reporter
FORMER Liberation Movements (FLMs) in the SADC region have resolved to stage anti-sanctions demonstrations at United States embassies in their countries in solidarity with Zimbabwe for the removal of the illegal embargo.

The sanctions have decimated the economy and blocked lines of credit critical in financing production and the acquisition of latest machinery.

SADC recently declared October 25 as an anti-sanctions day in support of Zimbabwe.

African Union chairperson, who is also Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is expected to raise the issue at the upcoming 74th United Nations General Assembly later this month.

Sadc Foreign Affairs Ministers have been assigned to make sure the issue is included in speeches that will be delivered at the annual UN meeting.

On Tuesday, the FLMs, who were attending the 10th Secretaries-General Conference in Victoria Falls, resolved to come up with some activities in their respective countries, among them marches and demonstrations.

Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) spokesperson Cde Douglas Mahiya, who chaired the war veterans break-away session, said war veterans in every country will lead the demonstrations as they are the nucleus of political opinion.

“We have gathered to resist neo-colonialism as we also go a gear up in making our people understand who they are and the thrust of the enemy to fund opposition through non-governmental organisations,” he said.

“The region has united in fighting sanctions against Zimbabwe and on the 25th of October, we are going to start a new movement in the region to educate and be clear to the West that sanctions are a weapon of mass destruction.

“We are seated here as war veterans to strategise how we are going to conscientise young people to understand where we came from and where we are going, hence it’s our duty to educate them and hand over knowledge systems that brought about Independence.”

Dates for the demonstrations are not yet finalised.

ZNLWVA chairperson Ambassador Chris Mutsvangwa said Zimbabwe was a target for imperialists who do not want its economy to take off, hence the continued imposition of illegal sanctions.

“An issue coming out of our own deliberations as war veterans is that liberation movements in their respective countries begin to crusade against sanctions by demonstrating at American embassies so that the American government is made fully aware of the anger and revulsion of the regional population of Sadc countries,” said Ambassador Mutsvangwa.

He said the campaign will cascade to the grassroots so that all citizens across the region participate.

“It’s a total onslaught by the region, starting from the Heads of State to grassroots,” he said.

“We will be organising demonstrations through war veterans and liberation movements. We hope young people will begin to realise that their lack of jobs in the region is caused by the same forces which denied us Independence.”

Ambassador Mutsvangwa said planning for the demonstrations has already started.

During the presentations, Ambassador Mutsvangwa read a concept paper from the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, updating delegates on the anti-sanctions drive.

Zanu-PF Deputy Secretary for the Youth League Cde Lewis Matutu said youths resolved to unite in the call for removal of the sanctions.

He said a regional Youth League Secretariat will be formed today to start planning for the anti-sanctions activities as each country is affected.

“We resolved that this is the time for us to act in terms of denouncing sanctions,” said Cde Matutu.

“We are going to be having road shows, marches and demonstrations across the region and have agreed to set a secretariat made up of two members from each country to start planning and monitoring programmes.”

Cde Matutu said the ongoing conference was an eye opener among youths about the need for unity and cooperation.

South Africa’s Umkhonto WeSizwe Military Veterans Association treasurer-general Cde Des van Rooyen said sanctions were affecting the whole region, hence their removal will help in ensuring economic stabilisation.

He said Umkhonto WeSizwe will lead the march in the neighbouring country to the US embassy to make the message clear that sanctions must be removed.

The conference ended yesterday.

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More Details: Several people injured as Zimbabweans elbow each other to view Mugabe’s body

Numerous people have been injured in a stampede at the viewing event for founding Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe, as those in attendance jostled in an attempt to see the late leader’s body, SADC News has reported. Prior to this, it was report…

Numerous people have been injured in a stampede at the viewing event for founding Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe, as those in attendance jostled in an attempt to see the late leader’s body, SADC News has reported. Prior to this, it was reported that Mugabe’s body had arrived at Rufaro Stadium in Harare where the ceremony […]

Mugabe a ‘broken soul’ in final years after Zimbabwe ouster

In his twilight years, Robert Mugabe became vulnerable and helpless, according to relatives, allies and analysts. Source: Mugabe a ‘broken soul’ in final years after Zimbabwe ouster | eNCA File: Then Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe participates in a discussion at the World Economic Forum on Africa 2017 meeting in Durban, South Africa May 4, 2017. […]

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In his twilight years, Robert Mugabe became vulnerable and helpless, according to relatives, allies and analysts.

Source: Mugabe a ‘broken soul’ in final years after Zimbabwe ouster | eNCA

Robert Mugabe

File: Then Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe participates in a discussion at the World Economic Forum on Africa 2017 meeting in Durban, South Africa May 4, 2017.

Reuters

HARARE – Once feared for the all-encompassing power he wielded in Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe died a “broken soul,” bereft at his downfall, his allies and relatives say.

Mugabe died in Singapore on Friday at the age of 95, nearly two months before the anniversary of the coup that forced him from power.

He had ruled the southern African country uninterrupted for 37 years and seven months.

During these long decades, Mugabe was Zimbabwe, and Zimbabwe was Mugabe.

But in his twilight years, he became vulnerable and helpless, according to relatives, allies and analysts.

Mugabe bowed to pressure and resigned on November 21, 2017 in a military-backed coup, ending an increasingly tyrannical rule that saw millions leave Zimbabwe to escape repression and economic ruin.

People close to him said the coup hit Mugabe very hard.

He never recovered from the shock that lieutenants whom he had groomed and trusted for years could betray him, they said.

“It was sudden,” his nephew Leo said. “He could not believe that those he trusted most turned again him.”

The coup was his “lowest moment – that period from November 2017 up to his last day… sometimes he would just sit there,” said Mugabe.

“A person who was used to waking up at 4 o’clock every morning, exercises, baths, goes to work and he has the whole country to look at, and suddenly that is abruptly brought to a halt – that is bound to affect.”

Mugabe’s health deteriorated incredibly quickly, he said.

 ‘Blind to reality’ 

The coup had been in the making for months but Mugabe was blind “to reality at that time,” said Ibbo Mandaza, one of the intellectuals who served in Mugabe’s government after independence.

“Mugabe’s last years were years of extreme vulnerability,” said Mandaza, now head of a thinktank, the Southern Africa Political Economy Series (SAPES) Trust.

Shortly after tanks rolled into the streets of Harare in a show of force, one of Mugabe’s allies who sought shelter at the leader’s house, was former education and information minister Jonathan Moyo.

Moyo, who spent time with Mugabe in the post-coup turbulence, said the once-feared autocrat dramatically changed.

“He became unusually introverted,” Moyo said. “He just became instantly withdrawn and non-engaging. He was deep in thought and palpably at a loss.”

He became a “broken soul, an obliterated soul and someone whose world collapsed in front of him and left him helpless,” Moyo said in a phone interview from Kenya where he fled after the coup.

Generals seized power days after Mugabe fired his vice president and there were mass street protests over concern Mugabe was positioning his wife Grace to succeed him.

After days of talks mediated by a Jesuit priest Fidelis Mukonori, Mugabe resigned. Close to Mugabe for decades, Mukonori mediated most conflicts of Zimbabwean politics, starting in the 1970s with talks between guerrillas and colonial ruler Britain that led to independence in 1980.

Negotiating the exit of the man who ruled for nearly four decades “was not a walk in the park”, he told AFP at a cathedral on the outskirts of Harare. “It was in the national interest that he decided to resign,” said Mukonori who later visited Mugabe several times after the coup.

 ‘Disappointed, angry’ 

During one visit, Mukonori told Mugabe that he had put on weight.

Mugabe replied “‘of course why shouldn’t I, this is something quite good'”, said the priest adding he had a “beautiful smile, he looked calm”.

But others said he struggled to adjust to losing power.

The Catholic vicar general of the archdiocese of Harare, Kennedy Muguti, who used to go to Mugabe’s house to celebrate mass, said the former leader was “disappointed and angry” at the ouster but kept his faith.

“The last mass that he attended before he went to Singapore, I celebrated that mass,” Muguti said.

“He still had his faith even after the frustrations of what happened … the way he was removed from power; yes, he was a disappointed man, he was frustrated, he was angry.”

The anger was palpable during one of Mugabe’s last addresses to the media, on the eve of the July elections, just eight months after he was toppled.

Sitting on a chair, propped up by cushions, a bitter Mugabe vowed not to vote for people in the ruling ZANU-PF party who had “tormented” him.

“I can’t vote for ZANU-PF… what is left? I think it is just (Nelson) Chamisa,” he said referring to the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader.

Chamisa himself said that Mugabe, by hinting that he would vote for the opposition, “did realise some of his mistakes.

“There is a danger in overstaying in leadership,” Chamisa said.

“You can’t succeed yourself successfully, successively.”

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ED welcomes Mugabe’s body

Source: ED welcomes Mugabe’s body | The Herald 12 SEP, 2019 President Mnangagwa, First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa and former First Lady Grace Mugabe (centre) follow proceedings at the arrival of former President Robert Mugabe’s body from Singapore at Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport in Harare yesterday. Herald Reporters President Mnangagwa yesterday received the body of […]

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Source: ED welcomes Mugabe’s body | The Herald 12 SEP, 2019

ED welcomes Mugabe’s bodyPresident Mnangagwa, First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa and former First Lady Grace Mugabe (centre) follow proceedings at the arrival of former President Robert Mugabe’s body from Singapore at Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport in Harare yesterday.

Herald Reporters
President Mnangagwa yesterday received the body of former President Robert Mugabe at Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport, where he described him as an icon of the liberation struggle.

The former leader died last Friday in Singapore aged 95.

The President led dignitaries, including First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa, Government officials, Zanu-PF officials and service chiefs in welcoming the body which arrived in the afternoon.

From the airport, the body was taken to One Commando Regiment where the State parlour is located and President Mnangagwa led mourners in a prayer.

In his speech after receiving the body, President Mnangagwa described the former President as a revolutionary icon and pan-Africanist who made Zimbabwe what it is today.

He said the work and ideology of Cde Mugabe will continue to guide Zimbabwe as the nation adjusted to life without him.

“We have gathered here to welcome our founding father of the nation, independent Zimbabwe,” said President Mnangagwa.

“Our revolutionary commander during our armed liberation struggle, an icon of pan-Africanism, the man that created our nation, the man that led us to this day has left us.

“We are gathered here to receive his body and we are grieved and we say our sincere and deep condolences to the former First Lady who has brought the body, Amai Grace Mugabe, children and immediate family members, the entire nation of Zimbabwe, our people who are grieved and are in mourning because the light which led us to independence is no more, but his works, ideology will continue to guide this nation.”

President Mnangagwa appealed for peace and calm as the nation mourned the national hero and prepares for his burial on Sunday.

“May I take this opportunity to say to the great people of Zimbabwe, on the day we shall lay him to rest on Sunday, I appeal to you in your hundreds, thousands and millions to show your love to our great leader who has left us,” he said.

“Today as we leave here, our icon and commander will first pass through One Commando where the military will say their prayer and the body will proceed to the residence of our former President – the Blue Roof – today. Thereafter the programme will be announced by the Ministry of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage.

“May I, therefore, appeal to you all to be peaceful and to be loving, united, Zimbabwe is ours together. We are one people and one nation.”

Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport was a hive of activity from early morning as people arrived to witness the arrival of Cde Mugabe’s body, which touched down at 3:35pm aboard a chartered flight.

The body was accompanied by his widow, former First Lady Grace Mugabe, Vice President Kembo Mohadi, who together with other senior Government and Zanu-PF officials had flown to Singapore to help bring the body to Harare.

The Presidential Guard Brigade mounted a military parade in honour of the former president.

Service chiefs led the body from the plane to the podium.

Several Zanu-PF supporters could be seen ululating, waving fists and punching the air, reminiscent of what Cde Mugabe used to do.

After a brief ceremony at the airport, the body was taken to One Commando Regiment where another devotion was conducted.

Thereafter, the body was taken Cde Mugabe’s Blue Roof residence in Borrowdale where it was expected to lie in State.

Hundreds of mourners including Cabinet Ministers, senior Government officials, Zanu-PF supporters and various church members gathered at the mansion to pay their condolences.

Roman Catholic priest, Father Kennedy Muguti, who was with Cde Mugabe in Singapore, narrated the late hero’s last days.

He said although Cde Mugabe was ill, he still looked up to God.

Father Muguti said Cde Mugabe kept his faith up to the end and died peacefully.

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Anti-graft fight will not stop: ED

Source: Anti-graft fight will not stop: ED | The Herald 12 SEP, 2019 President Mnangagwa Farirai Machivenyika Senior Reporter The new dispensation will continue to fight corruption and every individual should be accountable for their actions, President Mnangagwa has said. The President said this at the National Heroes Acre yesterday during the burial of the […]

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Source: Anti-graft fight will not stop: ED | The Herald 12 SEP, 2019

Anti-graft fight will not stop: EDPresident Mnangagwa

Farirai Machivenyika Senior Reporter
The new dispensation will continue to fight corruption and every individual should be accountable for their actions, President Mnangagwa has said.

The President said this at the National Heroes Acre yesterday during the burial of the national hero Major-General Trust Mugoba who died after a short illness at the Avenues Clinic on Friday last week.

“Let us continue to fight all forms of corruption at all levels,” he said.

“Every individual must be accountable for their actions, to this, there is no going back.”

A number of bigwigs have since been arraigned before the courts to answer to charges relating to corruption and abuse of office.

These include former Vice President Phelekhezela Mphoko, former Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister Priscah Mupfumira and former permanent secretary in the ministry, Ngoni Masoka.

President Mnangagwa called on all citizens to embrace unity of purpose towards a collective common good and the development of the country.

He said Maj-Gen Mugoba understood the importance of hard work and centrality of economic empowerment to sustainable economic development.

“As a successful cattle farmer in the Featherstone area, he played his part towards ensuring that our agrarian reform was a success,” said President Mnangagwa.

The President warned individuals that are abusing the constitutionally guaranteed freedoms in a bid to foment instability in the country.

“As we grieve the loss of our dear departed gallant son of the soil, we pay tribute to our defence and security forces for the freedom, peace and tranquillity that some among us take for granted,” he said.

“Theirs is not an easy task of protecting the territorial integrity and national sovereignty of our great country.

“Let it be known that under the Second Republic, the rule of law shall be applied without exception.

“My Government will not allow the abuse of the constitutionally enshrined democratic rights and freedoms that comrades like the late Maj-Gen Mugoba fought so hard to achieve.

“Acts of subversion, lawlessness, civil delinquency disguised in whatever manner will not be condoned. The law will apply without fear of favour.”

President Mnangagwa’s warning follows attempts by the opposition MDC-Alliance and its allies in the civil society to mount an uprising against the Government.

President Mnangagwa said Government would continue providing safety nets to vulnerable members of society.

“I am aware of the current economic hardships being experienced as a result of a combination of factors such as the continued illegal sanctions, the ongoing economic reforms and drought, among other issues,” he said.

“My Government will be rolling out more social safety nets to cushion the vulnerable members of our society.”

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Zim an example of how to co-exist: Muchinguri-Kashiri

Source: Zim an example of how to co-exist: Muchinguri-Kashiri | The Herald 12 SEP, 2019 Minister Muchinguri-Kashiri Takunda Maodza Manicaland Bureau Chief ZIMBABWE is a shining example of how to co-exist in the region and beyond, a sign of maturity by its people, Defence and War Veterans Minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri has said. She was speaking in […]

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Source: Zim an example of how to co-exist: Muchinguri-Kashiri | The Herald 12 SEP, 2019

Zim an example of how to co-exist: Muchinguri-KashiriMinister Muchinguri-Kashiri

Takunda Maodza Manicaland Bureau Chief
ZIMBABWE is a shining example of how to co-exist in the region and beyond, a sign of maturity by its people, Defence and War Veterans Minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri has said.

She was speaking in the context of xenophobic attacks in South Africa, which saw two Zimbabweans being killed and others displaced.

Minister Muchinguri-Kashiri made the remarks recently as she handed over land demined by the Norwegian People’s Aid on the outskirts of Mutare.

“During the Federation (of Rhodesia and Nyasaland), there was free movement of citizens from Zambia and Malawi, and we have maintained that very strong bond of relationships,” he said.

“Our relations with others are good, but we hear in South Africa our people and those from Malawi and Mozambique are being killed as a result of xenophobia. Just see the developments on social media.”

The South Africans were also attacking Zambians, Nigerians, Somalis and Ethiopians.

Minister Muchinguri-Kashiri applauded Zimbabweans for their maturity.

“I want to thank Zimbabweans, we have matured as a people and we respect every person who resides in our country and treat them well,” she said.

“We must remain accommodative and show the world that Zimbabwe is a shining example of a country that relates and works well with others.”

Minister Muchinguri-Kashiri said such disposition augurs well with President Mnangagwa’s engagement and re-engagement efforts.

“Our President is talking about engagement and re-engagement,” she said.

“He is talking about unity among Zimbabweans and beyond. We are accommodating everyone and this is the type of relationship that we want to promote.

“Good neighbourliness and also to respect humankind.”

South Africans have been targeting fellow Africans working and doing business in that country for attacks, killing, maiming and displacing thousands.

They argue that foreigners are taking away their jobs.

The attacks have since attracted global condemnation.

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SECRET BURIAL FOR MUGABE : FAMILY

Update: VIDEO #Mugabe family spokesperson Leo Mugabe says family insists on a private, secret burial, no date, no venue announced. Contradicts prez @edmnangagwa who said burial Sunday. @PatrickZhuwao @ProfJNMoyo @Studio7VOA @FRANCE24 @harumutasa…

Update: VIDEO #Mugabe family spokesperson Leo Mugabe says family insists on a private, secret burial, no date, no venue announced. Contradicts prez @edmnangagwa who said burial Sunday. @PatrickZhuwao @ProfJNMoyo @Studio7VOA @FRANCE24 @harumutasa @263Chat @WeArePindula @ZULUBLE pic.twitter.com/ll0viZGplt — Dewa Mavhinga (@dewamavhinga) September 12, 2019

Mugabe body for Rufaro

Source: Mugabe body for Rufaro | Herald (Top Stories) Former President Mugabe Africa Moyo Deputy News Editor The body of former President Robert Gabriel Mugabe is expected to be taken to Rufaro Stadium today and tomorrow to afford citizens from the country’s 10 provinces an opportunity to bid him farewell. His body arrived home from […]

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Source: Mugabe body for Rufaro | Herald (Top Stories)

Former President Mugabe

Africa Moyo Deputy News Editor
The body of former President Robert Gabriel Mugabe is expected to be taken to Rufaro Stadium today and tomorrow to afford citizens from the country’s 10 provinces an opportunity to bid him farewell.

His body arrived home from Singapore yesterday afternoon.

Provinces will be allowed to bid Cde Mugabe farewell in clusters of five per day.

On Saturday, international guests would be afforded an opportunity to bid farewell to the national hero at the National Sports Stadium.

President Mnangagwa is expected to address mourners on Saturday at the National Sports Stadium.

Burial of the former President is expected to take place on Sunday at a venue to be agreed on by the State and the Mugabe family.

Finer details of former President Mugabe’s funeral would be known by mid-morning after a meeting between President Mnangagwa and former First Lady Grace Mugabe.

This was revealed by Deputy Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Mr George Charamba, who is also the Presidential spokesperson, last night in an exclusive interview with The Herald.

“The body of the former President (Cde Mugabe) will be taken to Rufaro Stadium over a period of two days where provinces in clusters of five per day, would be afforded an opportunity of bidding farewell to the former leader,” said Mr Charamba.

“So that will be for Thursday and Friday, then of course Saturday we have the day for international guests who will pay their last respects to the dear departed.

“And this will be at the National Sports Stadium. This is where there will be a major address by the President. On Sunday the body is then taken for final interment at a venue that will be mutually agreed to between the family and the State.”

Mr Charamba confirmed that Mrs Mugabe will meet President Mnangagwa this morning to craft the final programme of the funeral.

“The widow of the former President will meet with His Excellency the President tomorrow (today) morning where details of the entire programme will be finalised,” he said.

“The meeting could not take place as was originally planned for two basic reasons; we needed to give time to the former First Lady to settle down, but more critically, there was a stream of Zimbabweans who were going to the residence of the former President to condole with the former First Lady so it was then decided that we defer the meeting to tomorrow.

“We expect that by mid-morning, there will be certainty to the details of the actual programme.”

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