Mozambican president Filipe Nyusi will deliver the eulogy at the funeral of former rebel leader Afonso Dhlakama tomorrow, to be held in a football stadium in the city of Beira in central Mozambique.
The official funeral on Wednesday will be followed on Thursday by a smaller ceremony in Mangunde, the village where Dhlakama was born and where is father is the traditional leader, or regulo.
According to a programme seen by Zitamar News, Dhlakama’s body will arrive at the CFM football stadium at 8:00 on Wednesday morning with a police escort. The coffin will be carried onto the field by members of Mozambique’s state armed forces.
Various dignitaries will pay their respects, lay flowers, and give condolences to the family before president Nyusi arrives at 10:00. The president will be received by a group of dignitaries, including Daviz Simango, leader of Mozambique’s third largest party, the MDM, and mayor of Beira.
Following messages from Dhlakama’s family and from Renamo, Nyusi will give the official eulogy, before the ceremony ends – which should be by midday.
According to a report in Mozambican newssheet Mediafax today, Simango’s municipal administration has asked the Labour Ministry to declare 9 May a public holiday for the city of Beira.
On Thursday, Dhlakama’s body will be transported with a ‘guard of honour’ from Beira to Mangunde for burial. It is unclear whether the guard of honour will consist of Renamo or government soldiers. A government representative will attend and put flowers on the coffin, along with the family, other dignitaries, and members of the public.
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