Following the chaos that led to scores of people being injured as they clamoured to view his body as it was lying in state, president Robert Mugabe received a fairly mild send-off.
This is according to images of Harare’s National Sports Stadium which was surprisingly empty despite its 60,000-capacity. That is similar to Ellis Park Stadium’s capacity which sits at 62,567 and more than Moses Mabhida, Cape Town Stadium and Kings Park Stadium which all have a capacity of less than 60,000.
Am EMPTY STADIUM for the dead DICTATOR Robert Mugabe. Beautiful image. https://t.co/Q7o8Gxn1AW
— Nyarai Humba (@NyaraiHumba) September 15, 2019
The lack of bums in seats at the stadium prompted people to question where his devoted following was during the ceremony.
— Maulid Billie Ali, HSC (KOT SECRETARY GENERAL) (@BILLIE_ISIOLO) September 14, 2019
Let me get this correct. The stadium where the funeral service of the whole "Hero and a Pan Africanist" is being held is EMPTY? Where are the people who have been voting for Mugabe for 37 years? #MugabeFuneral pic.twitter.com/AUU3SkuAI9
— Princy Mthombeni (@Princymthombeni) September 14, 2019
Other believe that this is a reflection of how the people of Zimbabwe truly feel about the late elder statesman while some believe it means nothing.
Mugabe died in a clinic in Singapore a week ago and was meant to be buried by his family after 30 days at the National Heroes Acre after government concludes constructing a monument in his honour.
(Compiled by Kaunda Selisho) / The Citizen