At the public viewing of the late Robert Mugabe, thousands of Zimbabweans caused a stampede as they frantically shoved their way into the Rufaro Stadium.
When will Robert Mugabe be buried?
While the burial of the late Robert Mugabe is expected to be on Sunday, 15 September, there is still a bit of uncertainty around where the former president will be laid to rest.
Family spokesperson, Leo Mugabe, revealed that the decision on where Mugabe will be buried lies with the chiefs of Zvimba.
“The chiefs in Zvimba still regard him as a chief and in terms of tradition, they are the ones that determine where is he going to be buried, how is he going to be buried, the procedures that must be followed in his burial.
“This is a cultural thing and nobody can push the chiefs to divulge where they are going to bury [Mugabe],” he said.
When can Zimbabweans view Mugabe’s body
Leo Mugabe did confirm, though, that advanced talks have been held with the Zimbabwean government on the procession and both parties are on the same page.
Mugabe’s body arrived in Zimbabwe on Wednesday to a warm welcome, where hundreds of locals were gathered at the Robert Mugabe International Airport to get early glimpses of his coffin.
The former president’s body will be preserved for public viewings until he is buried. This means that for two days, Zimbabwean locals will have the opportunity to send their last regards to Mugabe at the Rufaro Stadium, in Harare.
Watch: Chaos erupts at Mugabe’s viewing
As the body was welcomed into the stadium, thousands of Zimbabweans waited outside the gates to get inside and occupy the best seat for an untethered view of the late president.
However, things quickly got out of hand as scores of locals pushed through the gates, causing a stampede. The numbers have not been confirmed but we can confidently state that there were a number of people who suffered serious injuries.
Several people injured as people stampede to see Mugabe’s body.#RIPRobertMugabe
Riot police managed to barricade the area and contain the chaos. The occasion has since continued as scheduled, with President Emmerson Mnangagwa expected to address the crowds.