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President Lungu to attend late Magufuli’s funeral

General News President Lungu to attend late Magufuli’s funeral

President Edgar Lungu is this morning expected to leave for Tanzania to attend the brutal of that country’s late President John Magufuli

State House sources revealed that President Lungu is expected to leave on Monday and return to Lusaka on the same day.

Tanzania’s new president Samia Suluhu announced on Friday that the funeral of Dr Magufuli will be held on March 25.

Mr Magufuli died on Wednesday evening and a requiem mass was held at St Peter’s Catholic Church in Dar es Salaam before the body is taken to Uhuru Stadium.

On Sunday, residents of Dar es Salaam will bid Magufuli farewell at Uhuru Stadium.

His body will then be moved to Dodoma tomorrow and to Mwanza on Tuesday for locals to bid goodbye.

Thereafter, the body will be moved to his ancestral home in Chato for the final interment next Thursday.

Last month, the US Embassy in Dar es Salaam warned that Covid-19 cases in the country had been surging since January.

Most western nations have also advised their citizens against travelling to Tanzania.

Travel increases chances of infection and spreading of the virus, which informs movement restrictions.

No sitting EAC President, for instance, attended the burial of the late Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza, who also succumbed to the virus, in June last year.

President Uhuru Kenyatta was represented by EAC Chief Administrative Secretary Ken Obura, while Magufuli sent Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa, who led a 21-member delegation.

Uganda President Yoweri Museveni was represented by the country’s Ambassador, Matayo Kyaligonza to Bujumbura, while President Salva Kiir of South Sudan sent a condolence message.

And given the current third wave of the pandemic, gathering for the funeral could be dangerous to attendants.

The more people interact, the closer in distance the interaction is and the longer the interaction lasts, the higher the risk of spreading the virus.

Health officials have pointed out that many people have contracted the virus through gatherings such as funerals.

In his message of condolences, President Lungu described the late Magufuli as a brother.

“You ran a good race my dearest friend and brother late President John Pombe Magufuli. You were such a great gift not only to Tanzania but the African continent too. Thank you for everything you gave to humanity. RIP.”

“The untimely death of President Magufuli will forever be painfully etched in the collective memory of the People of the United Republic of Tanzania for his selflessness resolve to bring about socio economic transformation and prosperity to his countrymen,” President Lungu said.

“On the regional front, President Magufuli will be remembered for his immense contribution towards the growth of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) through his recent Chairmanship of the regional body. Dr Magufuli was equally passionate about the promotion of the Swahili language through out the SADC region and would go out of his way to teach fellow Presidents the Swahili language during meetings,” President Lungu remembered.

“l also remember Dr Magufuli and I touring the Zambia Revenue Authority offices in Nakonde, and later addressing residents in the border town. He still insisted that he addresses residents in his beloved Swahili. But his emphasis was on developing our two countries whether in rural or urban areas to uplift the lives of our people.”

“To Tanzania ‘s Vice-President, Her Excellency, Mrs. Samia Hassan Suluhu, as we join you in mourning the dearly departed President, the Zambian Government will continue to cherish the friendship we shared which served to further enhance the relations between Zambia and the Republic of Tanzania. Please accept, Your Excellency, our deepest sympathies on this great loss.”

30 COMMENTS

  1. MHSRIP……..

    “l also remember Dr Magufuli and I touring the Zambia Revenue Authority offices in Nakonde, and later addressing residents in the border town. He still insisted that he addresses residents in his beloved Swahili…”

    What a african nationalist………

    when Zambians are thinking of speaking Chinese, lungu will accept……

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  2. Of course Lazy Lungu will attend even though OP have told him otherwise as the funeral may be a superspreader…but the lazy man wants to fly on the aircraft.

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  3. akapS – Its ironic how Lazy Lungu gives examples of what being a Pan Africanist is whilst him at home…the Chinks are allowed to put signs in Zambia in mandarin. He reminds me of one blogger here called Nine Chale who preaches about colonialism yet he is married to a German madam.

  4. #2  Computer Scientist
     March 22, 2021 At 9:13 am

    “ECL what legacy are you going to leave behind…”

    The moron will be remembered as having presided over the most debt, corruption and tribal divided zambia of our history……

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  5. Travelling mercies on father of the nation. We mourn with you and the people of Tanzania. The upnd diasporans are angry because they can’t travel there abroad where they are in lockdown. They are locked up like slaving baboons by their white masters

  6. Travelling mercies on father of the nation. We mourn with you and the people of Tanzania. The upnd diasporans are angry because they can’t travel there abroad where they are in lockdown. They are locked up like slaving baboons by their whlte masters

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  7. Nothing wrong in attending the
    Funeral as long as we take precautions. But let’s remember
    One day it will be us.Will we be
    Remembered like president Magufuli?

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  8. ”President Edgar Lungu is this morning expected to leave for Tanzania to attend the brutal of that country’s late President John Magufuli”. Now read again the first line of that paragraph. AT THE BRUTAL not BURIAL.

  9. Let’s hope ECL will learn how Tanzanians have managed to transfer Power smoothly from the late President Magufuli to President Samia Siluhu Hassan. The Tanzanian Leaders have followed their Constitution to the letter. Tanzanians have shown that they respect, obey,defend and protect their Constitution. Zambia is heading for Elections on Audust 12, 2021 and let’s hope those Elections will be free,fair and credible so that the transfer of Power thereafter will be smooth and peaceful. For this to happen ECL must forget about his illegal and unconstitutional Third Term Bid and repect the Rule of Law and the Republican Constitution.The writing is on the wall.

  10. He doesn’t need to be there in person in these circumstances. It’s common sense – especially that he won’t even travel alone.

  11. President Lungu should take advantage to confer and discuss his controversial Third Term Bid with SADC Leaders at the Magufuli Funeral. Tanzanians have managed the transfer of Power from the late Magufuli to President Samia Siluhu Hassan smoothly and peacefully . This has been done in accordance with the Tanzanian Constitution and without any controversies. It’s crucial for ECL to organise a free, fair and credible Election in 2021 which will lead to a smooth and peaceful transfer of Power in August 2021. ECL should emulate Tanzania and have a Credible Election which will lead to a smooth and peaceful handover of Power in August 2021.

  12. Upnd diasporans you cannot dictate to us which events our president attends. Who the hell are you ? You ain’t even Zambians you asylum seekers. Fuseke

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  13. Am just curious about who employs Kaizar Zulu…you might be having one of the best jobs in the world…just commenting on Lusaka…i think you’re on Welfare there in UK Makaka dunderhead Pompwe…no normal person can be on Lusaka Times 24/7

  14. Anonymous, wise men work smart and not hard. Kaizar is a brand which is managed by various people. I even have a PR team who manage some of my accounts. In addition, when you work as hard as I have, you can manage to do as you please. If I was in diaspora as you allege, I wouldn’t have time to blog because you guys there have to slave away to make ends meet. I hear life is hard there

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  15. Misguided trip by Lungu ,these days such stuff is done virtually or teleconferencing to avoid superspreader events.

  16. This guy Kaizer Zulu is a Grade 12 failure no wonder he worship Lungu coz no normal corrupt free President would have given him the job he had. No wonder he stole and stole votes. Don’t think Zambians are fool they know what you did in 2016 elections. Pray PF wins coz you will run from Zambia to escape treason charges that you slapped on mwalite. Be in 2021 or 2026 you shall answer to your crimes

  17. I hope ECL has learnt one thing. When u uphold the Constitution and respect Rule of Law u will an orderly transfer of Power in a Country. President Samia Siluhu Hassan was sworn in as provided in the Tanzanian Constitution. The VP is being appointed as laid out in the Tanzanian Constitution. ECL must realise that the Constitution is the Supreme Law of the Land. When Lungu became a President he swore to an Oath of Office. In that Oath of Office ,ECL promised to be honest,obey, defend and protect the Republican Constitution. In dealing with his Eligibility issue ECL must leave Concourt to independently interpret, protect and enforce the Republican Constitution.He must leave Concourt to hear and determine the Petitions against his Third Term Bid in an objective and Professional manner. That…

  18. #17  Kaizar Zulu 
    March 22, 2021 At 12:28 pm

    “Upnd diasporans you cannot dictate to us which events our president attends. Who the hell are you ? You ain’t even Zambians you asylum seekers. Fuseke..”

    Its our Aid money we pay as taxes here that zambia is getting as foringn aid , alla……

    Don’t beg for forigne aid of our tax money if you are going to misuse it and expect silence……….

     

  19. KIKIKIKIKI slaving baboons by their white masters
    NOW TAKE A LOOK BACK WHEN OUR SLAVE DRIVEN MASTERS GAVE US FOR GRATIS A COUNTRY WITH PRODUCTIVE COPPER MINES THRIVING INDUSTRY AND AN AGRICULTURAL SECTOR … AND WHAT HAVE WE ZAMBIANS DONE ?? DESTROYED THE LOT AND NOW REBUILDING AGAIN ?
    STILL WITH FOREIGN INVESTORS IN ALL SECTORS
    SO WHERE IS THE CONSISTANCY ??? THINK BEFORE YOU OPEN THE SEWERAGE LINE

  20. Zambians are in a tough situation. fighting two viruses at the samer time, one COVID 19 and the other called Chagwa Lungu!

  21. Akaps can you show me evidence of money that you have contributed to Zambia by receiving benefits there abroad. You are just a mere leech. You are there inconveniencing other countries. F00lish boy. Ati my taxes hahaha f00lish. Did you know that Europe and those countries you run to are developed using African resources. It should be you they are keeping there paying us back u f00l

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