About 10 African leaders are expected to arrive in Tanzania today for the memorial of former President John Pombe Magufuli who died last week.
By press time, Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his Democratic Republic of Congo counterpart Félix Tshisekedi had arrived. Other leaders expected in the country include Kenya, Zambia, Morocco, Namibia and South Africa.
Magufuli’s body has been moved to the capital, Dodoma, for the public to pay their last respects. Thousands of Tanzanians arrived in Dodoma overnight on Monday to receive the body.
Government spokesman Hassan Abbas on Monday morning posted pictures of thousands of mourners who had gathered at Jamhuri Stadium.
Magufuli who died Wednesday at 61, will be buried on Friday, 26 March.