Dar es Salaam – Tanzania’s third President Benjamin William Mkapa who passed away on Friday, at the age of 81 will be laid to rest next week at his home village of Lupaso in Masasi district, Mtwara region, Africa Tembelea has learnt.
Mkapa died at a hospital in Dar es Salaam after a short illness.
The announcement of his death was made on the morning of Friday, July 24 by Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli.
Briefing journalists on Friday, Tanzanian Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa said the last respects of the fallen former president will run for three days from Sunday to Tuesday at Uhuru Stadium in Temeke district.
According to Majaliwa, Tanzanians will pay their last respects before the deceased body is transported to Mtwara for burial the next day.
“Tuesday will be a day for leaders to pay their last respects and this exercise will run until noon, but also the residents of Dar es Salaam who will not have time on Sunday and Monday are invited to come that day so that they can have the opportunity to pay their last respects,” Majaliwa said.
“The farewell exercise will go on until late in the night to ensure that every one gets a chance,” he added.
He also noted that the funeral service at Lupaso village on Wednesday will begin in the morning. This he said was being done to allow all people living around the village to pay their final respects.