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Magufuli’s state funeral underway – 10 presidents in attendance

by Wanjiku Mbugua

A state funeral is being held in Tanzania’s capital, Dodoma, for former President John Pombe Magufuli.

Several African heads of state have arrived for the event including the presidents of Kenya, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Comoros, Mozambique, Zambia and Democratic Republic of Congo.

Mr Magufuli died last Wednesday from what authorities said were heart related complications.

In Dodoma, people have already gathered in large numbers, but the prime minister has announced that there will be no queues for viewing the body on Monday, but instead, the coffin will be driven around the stadium for people to catch a final glimpse of the former president.

Over the weekend, tens of thousands of residents in the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam, flooded roads as the coffin was driven around.

On Friday, Samia Suluhu Hassan was on Friday inaugurated as Magufuli’s successor in line with that country’s constitution.

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