A plane bringing the body of Robert Mugabe back to the country landed at the main airport named after the former president at 3.25PM on Wednesday. Thousands of people gathered to watch as the plane carrying dictator's remains landed at Harare's worldwide airport, which bears his name, early in the afternoon.
The freedom fighter turned tyrant died last week in Singapore aged 95.
On Thursday and Friday, Mr Mugabe is due to lie in state at Rufaro Stadium, in Mbare township in Harare, where he was sworn in as Zimbabwe's first prime minister after independence from the United Kingdom in 1980.
But an acrimonious row over his final resting place is yet to be resolved, fuelling rumours in the Zimbabwean capital that the ceremony may be postponed.
Leo Mugabe, Mugabe's nephew, who is the spokesperson for the family confirmed this to Zimlive, a Zimbabwean media outfit. "I also don't know", he said. While the government wants to bury him in the National Heroes' Acre, the family is reportedly opposed to the idea, arguing that Mugabe had since fallen out with the current regime. Quizzed on where Mugabe will be buried, Mutsvangwa said: "We will be giving you more updates".
Mnangagwa declared his predecessor a national hero and said official mourning will only end after the burial at the National Heroes Acre, a hilltop shrine reserved exclusively for Zimbabweans who made huge sacrifices during the war against white-minority rule.
Having ruled the Southern African nation for 37 years, until he was ousted by the army in November 2017, Mugabe's legacy continues to divide opinions at home and overseas.
Around two thousand supporters, family members and government officials were on the tarmac at Harare airport to welcome Mugabe's remains as they arrived from Singapore.
"I am going to attend the funeral as a leader in the Zanu-PF hierarchy and to support my President Cde Mnangagwa", said Cde Matemadanda. Added Muoni: "We are praying that his soul rest in peace".
Up to the mid-1990s Mr Mugabe held our respect, to the point that on September 5, 1996 he was conferred with an honorary Order of Jamaica "in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the fight for liberation and the overthrow of apartheid in Southern Africa, and his distinct leadership in the pursuit of freedom and human development throughout the African continent". But we should weigh the good deeds he takes to his grave versus the few undesirable things that are attributed to him.
"Mugabe's sacrifices, especially in struggling for the political and economic emancipation of his people, will always be remembered by posterity", said Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari.