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President Ramaphosa amongst 19 African leaders to attend Mugabe’s funeral

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At least 11 serving African leaders and eight former presidents have so far confirmed that they will attend Saturday, 14 September 2019’s state funeral of former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe.

Presidential spokesman George Charamba said those who have so far confirmed attendance included Equatorial Guinea’s President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, Democratic Republic of Congo’s President Felix Tshisekedi, President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana and Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika.

Others serving African presidents who are expected to attend the service are Cyril Ramaphosa from South Africa, Hage Geingob from Namibia, Joao Lourenco from Angola, Filipe Nyusi from Mozambique, Uhuru Kenyatta from Kenya, Edgar Lungu from Zambia and Brahim Ghali from Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic.

Among the former heads of states who are set to grace the occasion would be Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma from South Africa, Joaquim Chissano from Mozambique, Kenneth Kaunda and Rupiah Banda from Zambia, Festus Mogae from Botswana, and Sam Nujoma and Hifikepunye Pohamba from Namibia.

“We emphasize that the … list could change as more information on attendances is received,” Charamba said in a statement.

Mugabe died in Singapore on 6 September 2019, aged 95.

Saturday’s service is set for Harare’s National Sports Stadium and is expected to be followed by a burial next week in what the Mugabe family says would be a private ceremony.

– APA

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