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Peter Mutharika to welcome MDF fallen heroes

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By Macdonald Thom:

President Peter Mutharika is today expected to lead Malawians in welcoming bodies of Malawi Defence Force (MDF) soldiers who were killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) last week.

Presidential Press Secretary, Mgeme Kalilani, said Mutharika would lead Malawians in welcoming the bodies in his capacity as Commander-in-Chief of the MDF.

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MDF spokesperson, Paul Chiphwanya, said the bodies would leave Entebbe, Uganda in the morning.

“The bodies will be flown from Entebbe, Uganda, to Malawi on Wednesday 21 November 2018, at 09:00 hours, and are expected to arrive at Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe on the same day at 11:40 hours where a military funeral ceremony will be conducted. After the military ceremony, the bodies of the fallen heroes will be ferried to their respective homes for burial,” reads a statement the MDF released Tuesday signed by Chiphwanya.

The six soldiers, who died last week, are Lieutenant Aubrey Kachemwe, Sergeant Steven Kambalame, Corporal Jonathan Kapichira, Private Chauncy Chitete, Private Benjamim Nsongela and Private Simplex Taferakaso.

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The soldiers were part of the 850-member MDF contingent under the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in DRC to contain the escalation of armed resistance from rebel groups.

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