Why president Magufuli was named Pombe

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The late President John Pombe Magufuli was the third child out of 12, born to parents Joseph Magufuli Marko and Suzanna Ngolo Musa.

When he was born his grandmother was preparing alcohol, and named him Walwa, which in the Sukuma local language means Pombe. That is how the former President earned the name Pombe.

Magufuli’s state funeral was held in Dodoma on Monday.

President Uhuru Kenyatta attended the state funeral of President Magufuli, where he was joined by Malawi’s Lazarus Chakwera and Edgar Lungu of Zambia as well as Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Burundi Vice President Prosper Bazombanza.

At least 17 African leaders confirmed attendance to the state funeral of former Tanzanian President Magufuli, chief government spokesman Hassan Abbasi said Sunday.

Abbasi told a news conference that the state funeral to be held today at Jamhuri Stadium in the capital Dodoma will be attended by leaders from Kenya, Malawi and South Africa.

He said other leaders will come from Comoros, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, Botswana and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Abbasi, who doubles as the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Information, Culture, Arts and Sports, said Presidents of Rwanda, Angola and Burundi will be represented by high ranking officials, adding that representatives from regional organizations will also attend the state funeral.

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