Security is tight as the family of long-time Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe prepares to bury him at his rural home in Zvimba.
The funeral is a highly private farewell following a family dispute with the Zimbabwean administration that forced him from power.
Only approved guests and funeral parlour vans are allowed in Saturday, a move that goes against the local tradition that funerals are free for all to attend.
Mugabe’s family earlier had agreed to a government request to bury him at a shrine in the capital but only after a mausoleum was built to set him apart from former comrades. But the government on Thursday abruptly announced the family had changed its mind.