President Uhuru Kenyatta has arrived in Dodoma at the Jamhuri Stadium for the state mass of Tanzania President John Pombe Magufuli.
Uhuru who doubles up as the Chairperson of the Esat African Community was accompanied by CS Adan Mohammed and arrived at the Uhuru grounds a few minutes after 10 am.
Presidents present include South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa, Malawi’s Lazarus Chakwera, Botswana’s Mokgweetsi Masisi and Rwanda’s Paul Kagame.
Others are Zambia’s Edgar Lungu, Zimbabwe’s Emmerson Mnangagwa and DR Congo’s Felix Tshisekedi.
Uhuru decision to attend the mass funeral of late Magufuli has caught many by surprise with most political analysts terming it as a risky move considering the reports of the rising number of Covid-19 in Tanzania.
The late Tanzanian President, John Pombe Magufuli will be buried on March 26.
Today his body is expected at the Dodoma Uhuru grounds for public viewing before being moved to Mwanza on March 23.
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On the same day, the body will be moved to his Chato town where his constituents will have a chance to view the body.
On March 24, family members and all international and invited guests will have a chance before the burial day on March 25.
Magufuli died on March 17 after a 10-year battle to heart complications.