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Chad holds state funeral for late president Idriss Déby

– – A state funeral for Chad’s late President Idriss Déby Itno is taking place on Friday in the capital N’Djamena. He will receive military honours and a prayer will be said at the Grand Mosque of N’Djamena. Mr Déby’s body will be flown to Amdjarass, a small village next to his hometown of Berdoba, near the Sudanese border for burial. At least 16 Heads of State and Government, including French President Emmanuel Macron and Cameroon’s Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge of Defence, Joseph Beti Assomo are attending…

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Tanzania holds state funeral for former president Magufuli

– – Tanzania has held a state funeral in the capital, Dodoma, for former President John Pombe Magufuli. The event was attended by several African heads of state including the presidents of Kenya, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Comoros, Mozambique, Zambia and Democratic Republic of Congo. The African leaders who attended the funeral paid glowing tribute to John Magufuli considered a strong pan-Africanist. Malawi’s President Lazarus Chakwera referred to him as “Africa’s finest son” whose “life of service” would be remembered. South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa also described him as a “true…

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Tanzanians pay respects to late President John Magufuli

– – Tanzania’s President Samia Suluhu Hassan on Saturday led mourners in paying their last respects to her predecessor John Magufuli, who died suddenly this week after an illness shrouded in mystery. Mourners lined the streets of Dar es Salaam to bid farewell to the late President, some of them weeping and throwing flower petals as the casket, towed on a gun carriage by a military vehicle, was transferred from a church to Uhuru Stadium to lie in state. “Before I saw the coffin, I didn’t believe our president was…

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Kenyan MPs fight at a funeral over corruption tag

– – There was drama at a Kenyan funeral after two Kenyan MPs exchanged blows. The fight broke out after one of the MPs accused the other of being corrupt. “We have several leaders here in the company of our deputy president who have a tainted life. These are fraudsters who should not be allowed to take up any leadership position,” said Dagoretti North MP Simba Arati, Standard news site reports. Reports say MP Sylvanus Osoro jumped from his seat and confronted Mr Arati. – – Although it’s unclear if…

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Ghana’s former President Rawlings laid to rest

– – Ghana’s former president, Jerry John Rawlings has been laid to rest in the capital Accra, following a state funeral held in his honour. Wednesday funeral and burial events were well attended by many African and world leaders, many of whom were his friends. Thousands over two days paid their last respect by filing past him when he was laid in state. Mr Rawlings, who was 73, died from an undisclosed illness weeks after burying his own mother who was 101 years old. The government delayed his burial due…

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Ghanaians honour ex-president Rawlings ahead of state funeral

– – Ghanaians on Monday started paying their last respect to the late former president, Jerry John Rawlings who died in November last year. They have been filing past his body which will lay in state on Monday and Tuesday ahead of state funeral and burial on Wednesday. The open casket showing his body is surrounded by flowers, candles and a glass screen at Accra’s international conference centre. Organizers have been enforcing strict Covid-19 protocols as the country also battles surge in the virus infection. NDC leaders file past the…

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Ghana: Chiefs angry over funeral plans for ex-president Rawlings

– – Some traditional rulers in Ghana are outraged over the burial arrangements for ex-Ghanaian President Jerry Rawlings. It follows the announcement by the funeral planning committee that the funeral of Jerry Rawlings will be held on December 23 at the Independence Square in Accra. In a statement the planning committee said the decision was taken by the family and the government which has given an assurance of organizing a state burial ceremony for the late leader who died last month at the age of 73. But this has not gone down…

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Why Mugabe will be buried in 30 days

Former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe will be buried at Heroes’ Acre but his family says that will take place in 30 days. His nephew Leo Mugabe told journalists on Friday that chiefs in Mugabe’s village have agreed that he should be buried at the Heroes’ Acre. But the chiefs will need 30 days to perform rituals for his burial as a chief. “He is going to Zvimba so the people of Zvimba can pay their last respects,” said Leo Mugabe. Mugabe died at the age of 95 at a Singaporean…

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Zimbabwe: Stampede at Mugabe body viewing

There has been a stampede at the viewing of the body of former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe at the Rufaro Stadium on Thursday. SADC News reported of several people sustaining injuries during the stampede as scores line up to have a final viewing of Mugabe’s body. Police have since tightened security at the pitch here Mugabe’s coffin has been placed for public viewing. EyeWitness News reported that public earlier invaded the pitch where the coffin placed. Mugabe’s body will lie in state at Kutama on Sunday night before a private…

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Mugabe’s family fights government over funeral plans

The family of Robert Mugabe is fighting the government over ongoing arrangements for his funeral. The Mugabe family has expressed shocked at not being involved in the preparations for the funeral of the former Zimbabwean president. Mugabe’s body arrived back in Zimbabwe on Wednesday after dying last week in Singapore while undergoing a medical treatment. The funeral ceremony of Mugabe who died aged 95 will take place at a football stadium in Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare on Saturday. Although the family and the government had initially disagreed on his burial place,…

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