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Peter Mutharika to attend Robert Mugabe funeral

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President Peter Mutharika will join other international figures in at tending former Zimbabwe leader Robert Mugabe’s funeral in Harare on Saturday, the president’s spokesperson, Mgeme Kalilani, has confirmed.

“OPC [Office of the President and Cabinet] is working on the logistics and will soon issue a statement but, principally, the President is attending. So, the date of departure will depend on the OPC,” he said.

As of Wednesday, Kalilani said there was no communication as to whether Mutharika would attend the funeral and burial of Mugabe in the country which is home to four million Malawians.

According to Reuters, the official funeral will be held on Saturday at the 60,000-seater National Sports Stadium in Harare and foreign leaders are expected to attend.

Mugabe will be buried on Sunday but the location remains unclear.

The body of Mugabe was flown home yesterday morning from Singapore where he was receiving medical treatment before he died on Friday aged 95.

Today and Friday, Mugabe’s body will lie in state at Rufaro Stadium in Harare so that the public can pay their last respects.

After Mugabe’s demise, Malawi government spokesperson, Mark Botomani, said the country would remember him as a fearless and patriotic leader.

Mugabe was a popular figure in Malawi with two roads named after him.

Immigration Department spokesperson, Joseph Chauwa, Wednesday said a census conducted in 2014 pegged the number of Malawians based in Zimbabwe at four million.

According to the Office of President and Cabinet in Zimbabwe, other world presidents such as Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria, Yoweri Museveni (Uganda), Cyril Ramaphosa (South Africa), Tanzania’s John Magufuli, Hage Geingob (Namibia), Mokgweetsi Masisi (Botswana), Edgar Lungu (Zambia), King Mswati III (eSwatini), Filipe Nyusi (Mozambique), Singapore’s Halimah Yacob and Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta would attend the ceremony.

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