Zambian President Lungu expected in Zimbabwe today for Mugabe’s funeral

September 14, 2019
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Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe (R) and his Zambian counterpart Edgar Lungu step out of State House in Harare, February 6, 2015. The recently elected Zambian president is in the country for a day's official visit and held a four hour meeting with Mugabe as the head of both Southern African Development Community (SADC) and African Union (AU). REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo (ZIMBABWE - Tags: BUSINESS POLITICS) - RTR4OJ2T

Zambian President Lungu expected in Zimbabwe today for Mugabe’s 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.