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By Farai Mutsaka

Zimbabwe's long-time leader Robert Mugabe is expected to be buried today, after three weeks of drama over his final resting place.

Security was tight around the rural home that now will be the burial site after an abrupt change of plans left Zimbabwe's government with an incomplete mausoleum on a hilltop in the capital Harare.

Family spokesman Leo Mugabe confirmed the new plan, a day after the government announced it would comply with the family's latest wishes.

Tensions have been evident between the family and President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

The family has preferred the rural site but agreed on a burial at the National Heroes Acre in Harare - only after the construction of a mausoleum that would set Mugabe apart from the rest.

Mugabe died this month in Singapore at the age of 95. He led Zimbabwe for 37 years before being forced by the military and ruling party to retire.

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