Mugabe in Malawi for Bingu wa Mutharika's burial

President Robert Mugabe arrived in Malawi yesterday where he will attend the burial of the late President Bingu wa Mutharika set for today.

Robert Mugabe
Robert Mugabe

Mugabe and his delegation were received at Chileka International Airport in Blantyre by officials from the Zimbabwean Embassy in Malawi Mutharika died after a heart attack. He was 78.

Mugabe said the untimely death of President Wa Mutharika was a shock to him and to the entire nation.

“The loss of a leader here is our loss, we have come to console you.

So we are together, we mourn together and we shall always be together,” said President Mugabe.

The President will join five other African leaders who have confirmed their attendance at the funeral.

African Union chairman and Benin’s President Thomas Yayi Boni, Presidents Hifikepunye Pohamba (Namibia), Jakaya Kikwete (Tanzania),

Armando Guebuza (Mozambique) and Mwai Kibaki (Kenya) are expected to attend the burial, according to the chairperson of the funeral committee, Henry Mussa.

President Mugabe, who was accompanied by his wife Grace Mugabe; Foreign Affairs Minister, Simbarashe Mumbengegwi and other senior government officials, left Harare yesterday afternoon and was seen off at the Harare International Airport by Vice President Joice Mujuru, service chiefs and other government officials.

Malawi has declared today a national public holiday. –

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