President Emmerson Mnangagwa has called on citizens to maintain peace as the nation mourns the passing of former president Robert Mugabe.
Speaking at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport after the arrival of the late struggle icon’s body from Singapore where he died on Friday last week, the president said the nation must maintain peace and unity.
“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.”
“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,” Mnangagwa said.
Mugabe’s body was accompanied by his widow, former First Lady Grace Mugabe, Vice President Kembo Mohadi along with other several government and Zanu-PF officials.
Mnangagwa’s remarks follow after some members of the opposition MDC have threatened to demonstrate during Mugabe’s funeral to show anger over the way the late president treated them during his reign.
There are also rumours stating that some members of Mugabe’s family are still livid with the government over the way they removed Mugabe from power in 2017.