Robert Mugabe’s body leaves Singapore for burial in Zimbabwe

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A hearse carrying the body of former Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe leaves the Singapore Casket Funeral Parlour for the airport in Singapore.

Singapore – 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 8:50 a.m. (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 flightradar14.com, a plane tracking website.

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 3 p.m. (1300 GMT), a family member told Reuters on Sunday. A spokesman for the Mugabe family could not immediately be reached for comment.