Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa was among the dignitaries that received former Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe's body when it landed at Harare on Wednesday.
“We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will. Taunganidzwa pano kuti titambire our founding father of our nation. The entire nation is grieving. Let’s all come in our numbers as we lay our founding father to rest on Sunday,” Mnagagwa told mourners at the airport.
President Mnangagwa, who forced Mugabe out of government through a coup in 2017, asked all Zimbabweans to stay strong at this trying moments.
At the airport was the family of former First Lady Amai Mugabe, Mugabe's widow Grace Mugabe among others.
Mugabe died in Singapore after battling a long illness at the age of 95.
However, even as Mugabe's body was received, there is still a tussle between the government and his family.
His family wants him buried at his home in Katuma. On the other hand, the government wants him buried at the National Heroes Acre in Harare.
Mugabe will be buried next week.