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Algeria holds funeral for late ex-president Bouteflika

Algiers, Algeria | Xinhua | Algeria on Sunday held the funeral in the capital Algiers for former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who died Friday night at age of 84. Bouteflika was buried Sunday afternoon at the Square of the Martyrs in the cemetery of El-Alia where several former presidents were buried. Algerian …

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PICTORIAL: Africa bids farewell to Magufuli

Dodoma, Tanzania | THE INDEPENDENT | African leaders have today given a final salute to Tanzania’s John Magufuli, who died last week. Presidents of South Africa, Zambia, Botswana, Comoros, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Kenya attended state funeral ceremonies at Dodoma, central Tanzania. Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni paid his final tributes at the …

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Only 40 people to attend Kasirye Ggwanga’s funeral- UPDF

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Only about 40 people will attend the funeral of the late Major General Samuel Wasswa Kasirye Ggwanga, Uganda People’s Defense Forces-UPDF has announced. Kasirye Ggwanga breathed his last at Nakasero Hospital on Tuesday morning where he was in intensive care. His body is currently …

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Michelle Obama shelves Paris, Berlin trips for Bush funeral

Washington, United States | AFP | Former US first lady Michelle Obama said Sunday she was canceling book tour visits to Paris and Berlin to attend the funeral of former president George H.W. Bush, who died Friday aged 94. “It’s important to me to join the Bush family in celebrating …

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S.Africa lays to rest ‘Mama’ Winnie Mandela

Soweto, South Africa | AFP | South Africa lays to rest anti-apartheid icon and Nelson Mandela’s former wife Winnie Mandela with full state honours at a stadium funeral in Soweto on Saturday. Tens of thousands of mourners burst into loud cheers as the casket carrying her remains was wheeled into …

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Zimbabwe bids farewell to opposition hero Tsvangirai

Buhera, Zimbabwe | AFP | Thousands of Zimbabweans gathered Tuesday to bid a final farewell to opposition veteran Morgan Tsvangirai who was one of Africa’s most globally admired politicians and lived to see the fall of his political nemesis Robert Mugabe. Tsvangirai, the country’s fiercest opponent of former president Mugabe’s …

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Mandela family ‘dismayed’ by funeral corruption claims

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP |  Nelson Mandela’s family has expressed “indignation and dismay” at allegations that officials stole and misspent $22 million intended for the anti-apartheid icon’s memorial events after his death in 2013. The country’s anti-corruption watchdog last week said it had uncovered evidence that millions of dollars …

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A-Plus responds in Ssemwanga funeral case

Kampala, Uganda | GODFREY SSALI | A Plus Funeral Management Company Ltd has also filed a response to a case filed against it and Bank of Uganda over money thrown into the grave of the late Ivan Ssemwanga at his burial. Mgugu Abey petitioned the High court in Kampala accusing A Plus Management …

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Mugabe delivers moving eulogy as Masire laid to rest

Masire a true comrade in struggle, says Mugabe and Nujoma Kanye, Botswana| BOPA |  The late former Botswana President, Sir Ketumile Masire has been hailed as an asset to Southern Africa, and that he will always be cherished for his selfless contribution to the socio-economic and political development of the region. Delivering a …

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