President Edgar Lungu(c) with President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe and first republican President Kenneth Kaunda at State House
FILE: President Edgar Lungu(c) with President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe and first republican President Kenneth Kaunda at State House

President Edgar Lungu is today expected in Harare, Zimbabwe, to attend former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s State funeral.

Zambian Ambassador to Zimbabwe Emmanuel Chenda told ZANIS in an interview in Harare yesterday afternoon that President Lungu will be among other Heads of State and Government attending Late Mugabe’s funeral, in the company of first Republican President Kenneth Kaunda, Fourth Republican President Rupiah Banda and Former Vice President Guy Scott.

Ambassador Chenda said the President will join other Heads of State from 11 countries from Africa and beyond, coming to attend the State funeral, tomorrow.

The Ambassador further reminded that the late African leader and founding Father for Zimbabwe shared good bilateral ties with Zambia, and its past and present leadership, hence befitting for the four Zambian leaders to represent the country during the State funeral.

Ambassador Chenda described the late Mr Mugabe as a gallant leader who contributed greatly to strengthening the cordial relationship shared between Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Mr Mugabe died on September 6th, 2019 in Singapore where he had gone for treatment.

His body was brought to Zimbabwe on Wednesday this week and has been Iying in state at Rufaro stadium where members of the public have been paying their last respects.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has since accorded the late President a state funeral, with all flags in the country flying at half-mast, with radio and television stations playing solemn music as eulogies are being passed.

The body is expected to be moved today to the National Heroes Stadium where the state funeral will take place.

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    • You can be an irritant like smoke to the eyes.

      You probably are relevant in a reasonable amount of comments, but not on this one.

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    • Iwe know your history, Kaunda and Mugabe have never been best of comrades. Kaunda was for Nkomo, that is the reason Zambia harbored the Ndebele, while the Shona’s (Mugabe group) where in Mozambique.

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    • Defunct and irrelevant NECZAM and NEDCOZ representing the UPND cult! Mr. President, all the best. Little boys will always be boys that is why they don’t H-understand issues because of TRIBAL LENSES they view things through.

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  1. A chance has presented itself for Ndokota Jonathan to jump on the plane and waste had earned tax payers money .When will this man sit down confront problems head on ?

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  2. A chance has presented itself for Ndokota Jonathan to jump on the plane and waste had earned tax payers money .When will this man sit down confront Zambia’ s problems head on ?Sending Kaunda and Rupia Banda is enough and makes a lot of economic sense .

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  3. This is what you get for voting blindly.
    Africa is cemetary the die in europe but buried on african soil.

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  4. ECL is going to have a look af how he may be buried with the funeral expenses paid for by his drug dealer partner Valden (ficala) Findlay

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  5. Abalasanika (if people could foretell the future), like the Glorius Band sang, the Zimbabweans should have just waited for Mugabe’s passing away but then again he may not have done now if he was still in power.

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  6. Edgar Lungu is the explorer David Livingstone of our time.Its sad how costly it is to the Zambians.

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  7. “with radio and television stations playing solemn music as eulogies are being passed.”

    Our desire from African leaders is to being assertive, stand up for your point of view, while also respecting the rights and beliefs of others.

    I don’t think Our Leaders value the definition of: bilateral relationship and memorandum of understanding.

    Double standard when it comes to your own people.

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  8. The biggest shame is pronounced in the ignorance that continues to be displayed in these commentary pages. Mugabe was nothing close to a founding fathers of the country he plundered for half a century. Joshua Nkomo and Ndabaningi Sithole were closer to that moniker. Mugabe was one of trained guerrillas who slithered his way to become leader of ZANU, which with ZAPU of Nkomo and the Bishops negotiated a govt of National Unity. There were many players and actors in the evolution of Zimbabwe. Do you remember the dude who was blown to pieces in his car one morning in Libala? Mugabe was an opportunist to the end and knew how to eliminate opposition. In death, we mourn him because he was still human. RIP Dictator!

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