WORLD African leaders to attend former Tanzanian President Magufuli's state funeral: official

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African leaders to attend former Tanzanian President Magufuli's state funeral: official

Xinhua

21:18, March 22, 2021

DAR ES SALAAM, March 22 (Xinhua) -- At least 10 African leaders have confirmed attendance at the state funeral of former Tanzanian President John Magufuli, chief government spokesman Hassan Abbasi said Sunday.

People paid tribute to former Tanzanian President John Magufuli at Uhuru stadium in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on March 20, 2021. (Xinhua/Herman Emmanuel)

Abbasi told a news conference that the state funeral to be held Monday at Jamhuri Stadium in the capital Dodoma will be attended by leaders from Kenya, Malawi and South Africa.

He said other leaders will come from Comoros, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, Botswana and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Abbasi, who doubles as the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Information, Culture, Arts and Sports, said Presidents of Rwanda, Angola and Burundi will be represented by high ranking officials, adding that representatives from regional organizations will also attend the state funeral.

Magufuli will be buried in his native home in Chato district in Geita region on March 26.

Magufuli, 61, died of heart disease last Wednesday at the Emilio Mzena Hospital in the business capital Dar es Salaam.

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