Chinese, Singaporean, current and ex-African leaders head for Mugabe funeral
By Staff Reporter
CHINESE President Xi Jinping (pictured) is among an eminent list of foreign dignitaries dominated by African incumbents and former leaders set to attend late former President Robert Mugabe’s funeral service at the National Sports Stadium, Harare on Saturday.
According to the list released by Deputy Chief Secretary in the Office of President and Cabinet in Zimbabwe, George Charamba, Singaporean President Halimah Yacob will also attend the solemn event.
Mugabe died aged 95 on Friday after he had been frequenting Singapore for medical treatment.
Among some of the prominent African leaders set to attend are South African President Cyril Ramaphosa who will lead a delegation that comprises former Presidents Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, who, just like Mugabe, has also been accused of clinging on to power, will also attend.
But while most of the African leaders who shall attend are those from generations that succeeded leadersof Mugabe’s time, the former Zimbabwean strongman will have at his funeral, some of the leaders he served with.
These include former Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda, Former Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano, former Mozambican President Jose Dos Santos.
Mugabe’s close friend and Equatorial Guinea’s incumbent President Obiang Mbasogo shall also attend.
FULL LIST OF CONFIRMED GUESTS:
Ghana – President Nana Akufo Addo, Former President John Mahama, Former President Jerry Rawlings & Former President John Kufuor.
Zambia – President Edgar Lungu, Former President Kenneth Kaunda, Former President Rupiah Banda & Former President Guy Scott.
South Africa – President Cyril Ramaphosa, Former President Jacob Zuma & Former President Thabo Mbeki.
Lesotho – King Letsie III
Malawi – President Peter Mutharika
Chad – President Idriss Deby
Botswana – President Mokgweetsi Masisi & Former President Festus Mogae.
China – President Xi Jinping Former President Hu Jintao
Mozambique – President Filipe Nyusi, Former President Armando Guebuza & Former President Joaquim Chissano.
India – Prime Minister Narenda Modi & Former President Pranab Patil
Equatorial Guinea – President Obiang Mbasogo
Togo – Faure Gnassingbe
Namibia – President Hage Geingob, Former President Sam Nujoma & Former President Hifikepunye Pohamba.
DRC – President Felix Tshisekedi & Former President Joseph Kabila.
Congo Brassaville – President Denis Nguesso
Angola – President Joao Lourenco & Former President Jose Dos Santos
Brazil – Former President Dilma Rousseff
Tanzania – President John Magafuli, Former President Jakaya Kikwete & Former President Benjamin Mkapa.
Cameroon – President Paul Biya
South Sudan – President Salva Kiir
Nigeria – President Mohammadu Buhari & Former President Olusegun Obasanjo
Belarus – Alexander Lukashenko
Kenya – President Uhuru Kenyatta & Former President Mwaii Kibaki.
Cote Divoire – President Alassane Ouattara
Uganda – President Yoweri Museveni
Malaysia – Former Prime Minister Najib Razak
Singapore – President Halimah Yacob
Cuba – Former President Raul Castro
Liberia – President George Weah & Former President Ellen Johnson Serlief