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Afonso Dhlakama’s body arrived at the morgue of Beira city Central Hospital at dawn today, according to Manuel Bissopo, secretary-general of the Mozambican National Resistance (Renamo).
“We have lost our father, our teacher, the person who is the light of the majority of Mozambicans,” the party official told the Mozambican Television (TVM) report.
Party sources had told Lusa that a Renamo convoy would transport the body of the party leader from where he died in the Gorongosa Mountains to the city of Beira.
This morning’s TVM report showed a convoy of vehicles arriving at the Beira city morgue at 03:40 a.m. to be greeted by family members and members of the party.
“I do not have any hard news about what is going to happen tomorrow [Saturday],” Bissopo added, only saying that party members would “join the family.”
“In principle, the funeral will take place in the land of his birth,” he said. That is, in Mangunde, Chibabava district, in Sofala province, of which Beira is the capital.
There is still no scheduled date for the funeral, he added.