Tendai Edwin Foto
On 18 April 1980 Rufaro Stadium was packed as the nation celebrated the birth of an independent Zimbabwe and the inauguration of Robert Gabriel Mugabe as the first black Prime Minister.
Today Mugabe is once again the center of attraction at Rufaro Stadium but smiles have since been replaced by tears.
Thousands are expected to fill up the stadium to bid adieu to the former Zimbabwean President who died last Friday.
Meanwhile, several presidents and heads of government are expected to start arriving in Harare tomorrow ahead of a State Funeral service scheduled for Saturday at the National Sports Stadium.