President Emmerson Mnangagwa will this Sunday travel to Tanzania where he will join fellow SADC leaders attending the funeral of the Eastern African leader John Magufuli who is scheduled to be buried this Monday.
Speaking during a handover ceremony of a utility bus he donated to Zvishavane Vocational Training Centre at State House in Harare yesterday, President Mnangagwa said he has since spoken to other leaders who expressed interest in attending the funeral. He said:
It was very sad news, it came as a huge shock to me personally because of my personal relationship with the late President Magufuli.
He was supportive of Zimbabwe.
We have been under sanctions for two decades, but when he became SADC chairperson, he is the one who proposed that as the Sadc region, we must take a stand (against the sanctions).
Under his chairmanship, 25 October was set aside as a day on each year that the bloc will protest against the sanctions and that they must be lifted by those who imposed them against us.
He will be interred on Monday so I was called by my colleagues, the first colleague who called was the President of Mozambique (Filipe Nyusi) last night, so we are going to meet in Tanzania. Thereafter my brother (South African President) Cyril Ramaphosa also phoned and we agreed we will meet there.
After that my brother (President of Botswana) Mokgweetsi Masisi phoned and we are going to meet there too.
I’m expecting a call from (Namibian President) Hage Geingob and I think he is going to convey the same message. So I think most of the SADC Presidents will be in Dodoma on Monday.
Magufuli died of a heart complication Wednesday last week in Dar es Salam.
His deputy, Samia Suluhu Hassan was Friday inaugurated to take over as Tanzania’s president until at least 2025.
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