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Mugabe’s body leaves Singapore for burial in Zimbabwe


A hearse carrying the body of late Robert Mugabe leaves the funeral parlour for the airport in Singapore on Wednesday. Feline Lim /Reuters

The body of Zimbabwe’s former president Robert Mugabe was en route from Singapore to Zimbabwe on Wednesday, five days after he died in hospital in the city-state, according to an event schedule issued by his embassy and flight data.

Mugabe’s body was due to leave Singapore at 8:50am (0040 GMT), the programme of events showed.

A private jet departed from Singapore’s international airport in the direction of southern Africa on Wednesday morning, according to, a plane tracking website.


Traffic policeman escorts a hearse carrying the body of the late Robert Mugabe as it leaves the funeral parlour for the airport in Singapore.

Earlier, a police motorcade escorted vehicles to the airport from the Singapore Casket, a funeral parlour where Mugabe’s body was being held.

Mugabe’s body was expected to arrive in Zimbabwe on Wednesday at 3pm (1300 GMT), a family member told Reuters on Sunday. A spokesman for the Mugabe family could not immediately be reached for comment.

Mugabe died on Friday aged 95 in Singapore, where he had long received medical treatment. He had dominated Zimbabwean politics for almost four decades from independence in 1980 until he was removed by his own army in a November 2017 coup.

Revered by many as a liberator who freed his people from white minority rule, Mugabe was vilified by others for wrecking one of Africa’s most promising economies and ruthlessly crushing his opponents.

Mugabe’s family is pushing back against the government’s plan to bury him at the National Heroes Acre monument in the Zimbabwe capital Harare and wants him to be interred in his home village, relatives have told Reuters.


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