African leaders honour Robert Mugabe at state funeral in Zimbabwe

  • Video report by ITV News Reporter Penny Marshall

African heads of state and envoys are gathering to attend a state funeral for Zimbabwe’s founding president Robert Mugabe.

The former leader’s burial has been delayed for at least a month until a special mausoleum can be built for his remains.

The service and viewing of the body of Mr Mugabe, who died last week in Singapore aged 95, will be at the National Sports Stadium in the capital, Harare.

Nelson Chamisa, left, leader of the main opposition party in Zimbabwe, consoles Grace, widow of former Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe. Credit: AP

More than 10 African leaders and several former presidents are attending Saturday’s ceremony at the 60,000-capacity stadium.

The occasion comes following the announcement by the Mugabe family and President Emmerson Mnangagwa that his burial will be postponed until a new edifice for his body can be constructed at the national Heroes’ Acre monument.