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Mugabe to be buried in new mausoleum in October

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Former Zimbabwe’s president, Robert Mugabe, will be buried at the National Heroes Acre sometime in October, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on Friday.

It was previously agreed that there would be a symbolic burial on Sunday in the hilltop shrine in Harare, reserved for the country’s ruling elite, but family spokesman, Leo Mugabe, told reporters this plan had now been cancelled.

The body will now go to Mugabe’s hometown of Zvimba on Sunday for traditional funeral rituals to be carried out before the burial.

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Mugabe will be buried in October after a mausoleum at the National Heroes Acre has been completed, Mnangagwa said.

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The confirmation comes after disagreements between the family and the government about where the former leader should be buried.

The family initially said they would prefer to honour Mugabe’s wishes and have him buried next to his mother in his rural home in Kutama, about 85 kilometres from Harare.

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They then agreed to the symbolic funeral on Sunday in the hope that the real burial would take place at a later date, giving them time to carry out the traditional rituals.

An official memorial ceremony is planned for Saturday at the 60,000-seater National Sports Stadium with a number of African leaders and former leaders expected to attend.

Mugabe’s body was returned to Zimbabwe on Wednesday from Singapore, where he died at the age of 95.

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He had been seeking treatment there for an undisclosed illness since April.

He was deposed in a 2017 coup after nearly four decades in power.

Still revered by some for his fight against white domination as a former liberation fighter, he is widely despised by others who see him as responsible for destroying Zimbabwe’s economy and violently oppressing any opposition.

(dpa/NAN)

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U.S. passes 100,000 coronavirus death toll

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COVID-19: FG to disinfect schools nationwide

The U.S. has surpassed the grim milestone of 100,000 coronavirus deaths, the world’s highest.

It reached the mark on Tuesday night as figures rolled in from the states.

John Hopkins University estimated the death toll at 98,902 deaths as at 01:30GMT on Wednesday.

But data company Dadax which runs worldometers.info said 100,579 people have died.

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On Tuesday alone, fresh infections were 19,049 , while fresh deaths were 774.

U.S. caseload of infections is now 1,725,275 and still counting.

President Trump has been accused of causing the carnage, by not taking action when he should have.

But on Tuesday night, Trump tweeted a defence:

“For all of the political hacks out there, if I hadn’t done my job well, & early, we would have lost 1 1/2 to 2 Million People, as opposed to the 100,000 plus that looks like will be the number.

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“That’s 15 to 20 times more than we will lose. I shut down entry from China very early!

“One person lost to this invisible virus is too much, it should have been stopped at its source, China, but I acted very quickly, and made the right decisions.

“Many of the current political complainers thought, at the time, that I was moving far to fast, like Crazy Nancy!”.

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Nancy Pelosi is the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.

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COVID-19: T. B Joshua speaks on Sanwo-Olu, wearing of face masks

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Prophet T. B Joshua of the Synagogue Church of All Nations [SCOAN] has commended Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for his efforts in ensuring the safety of lives of Lagos residents in this period of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He described the Governor as one of a kind over his activity at this critical time, comparing him to the New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo, who, according to Joshua, is always on the national news to update the general public and to educate them.

Speaking during one of his live shows on Emmanuel Television, he also warned against the abuse of face masks, noting that some people were wearing their face masks for long periods of time, which he said was dangerous.

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He said,

“We would like to use this time to salute our governor of Lagos State, Governor Sanwo-Olu.

“Indeed, he’s one of a kind. If you look at his activity at this critical time, it can be compared to the New York governor who is always on the national news to update the general public and to educate them.

“Our governor wants to see his people and he wants to see them living well. We pray God will increase his capacity to do more, in Jesus’ name!”

He added,

“Following global health guidelines during this period of COVID-19, the government is insisting on the use of face masks in public places – along with social distancing and handwashing.

“Face masks can be a very good thing but they can also be dangerous when they are not used properly or when they are not made with the proper material.

“The government has asked you to wear face masks when you are in public places, in the midst of people, on the streets, in vehicles when you are not alone. The government is doing this to help you.

“They are not asking you to wear it 24 hours a day. There should be a time at home when you remove it. But some people are wearing their face masks for long periods of time.

“Breathing the same air in and out or not getting enough air while breathing – all of this can affect your health, cause headaches, fatigue and worsen existing health challenges.

“So let us be careful of the amount of time we wear the face mask and also of the kind of material our face masks are made out of.

“For many, the chemicals used to make such material can be dangerous to inhale. NOTE: The face mask is your personal mask. It should be clean and made of proper material. This requires your discretion, viewers.

“Sometimes hardship can influence our reasoning. Sometimes joblessness can influence our reasoning. Sometimes fear can influence our reasoning. Sometimes pressure can influence our reasoning.”

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Govt guidelines for reopening: We are sufficiently ready to comply with the rules – RCCG

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The Redeemed Christian Church of God expressed readiness to adjust its services in order to meet government guidelines for worship.

The Head, Media and Public Relations, RCCG, Pastor Olaitan Olubiyi, said the church was always ready to comply with any regulations.

He said,

“From the outset of this pandemic and the attendant lockdown, our general overseer has continued to emphasise that all our churches must abide by whatever rules and regulations the government brings. We are sufficiently ready to comply with the rules.

“When we look at the issue of spacing, for instance, churches are in different categories. We are a church planting mission. We have some of our churches that are in the lower cadre in terms of the population of the congregation. Some are under 50, while some are under 100.

“So, when the rules are ready, we will adjust. Some of our megachurches, space should not be a problem; it is a matter of reducing the number of people worshipping at a time.

“In all the sermons that our general overseer has been preaching on Sundays, he has been emphasising the issue of social distancing. Once we know the details of what the government wants, we will work towards achieving it.”

Meanwhile, global COVID-19 cases rose to 5,550,339 at 10 pm on Tuesday, while 348,447 had died of the disease as of the time sending this report.

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In the United States, COVID-19 cases increased to 1,676,401 on Tuesday. The virus had killed 98,787 as of 11:15 pm on Tuesday.

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