VICE President Kembo Mohadi left the country early morning yesterday to attend the burial of former Tanzanian president Benjamin Mkapa as the country joined the continent in bidding farewell to one of Africa’s finest sons.

Deputy Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet who is also Presidential spokesperson, Mr George Charamba confirmed VP Mohadi’s one-day visit to Tanzania.

“As you are aware that the late former Tanzanian president Mr Mkapa was the Foreign Affairs Minister during the critical stage of the struggle of Zimbabwe. He played a major role in supporting the Zimbabwean Government during the land reform exercise.

“Apart from being an elder statesman, he had that very distinguished revolutionary career, which made him virtually a citizen of SADC not of Tanzania.

“All the liberation movements came under his purview when he was Foreign Affairs Minister under the leadership of the founding President of Tanzania Julius Nyerere. Really we couldn’t imagine any other level of representation in short of a Vice President.

“So VP Mohadi went to Tanzania early morning yesterday to be in time for the commencement of the funeral proceedings which started around 10am Tanzanian time,” said Mr Charamba.

Vice President Mohadi returned home yesterday after President Mkapa’s burial.

Meanwhile, Vice President Dr Constantino Chiwenga was sent by President Mnangagwa to sign a condolence book at the Tanzanian Embassy in Harare yesterday.