Robert Mugabe’s three-day lying in state began on Thursday with thousands of mourners thronging the Rufaro Stadium in Harare to catch a glimpse of the Zimbabwean leader and also show their last respect.
After the first day, a military helicopter transported the casket and his widow to his “Blue Roof” mansion located in the plush Borrowdale neighborhood.
Mugabe passed away at the age of 95 on September 6 in Singapore where he had been seeking treatment for a long illness.
After ruling the Southern African country for 37 years, 94-year-old Mugabe finally resigned on November 21, 2017. The Zimbabwe National Army instigated an overthrow of Mugabe’s regime by placing him under house arrest for the crimes committed by individuals in his circle.
He was given the ultimatum to either resign by November 20, 2017, or face impeachment. He subsequently chose the former. His retirement sparked nationwide jubilations as Zimbabweans celebrated the dawn of a new era. Mugabe’s vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa, who he fired on November 6, was sworn in as the new president.