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Prof. Mazrui to be buried on Sunday

17 October 2014, 11:10 Mbungu Harrison

Mombasa - The family of the late Kenyan scholar, Professor Ali Mazrui has confirmed that his body will arrive at the Mombasa International Airport on Sunday morning for burial.

Speaking on behalf of the family at their Kibokoni residence, former Chief Kadhi Hamad Kassim, said the plane carrying the body will make some stopovers for prayers before landing in Mombasa.

“We have been reliably informed that there will be a 12 hours stopover in Istanbul where prayers will be held. We expect the body to arrive at the Mombasa airport on Sunday morning," said Hamad.

Also read: President Kenyatta mourns Prof. Mazrui

He maintained that the body will be taken to his home until 9.00am before heading to Mbaruk mosque for prayers in preparation for the burial.

“We hope to finish by around 11.00 am,” Kassim said, adding that the burial will take place at the Mazrui Cemetery, opposite Fort Jesus.

He said large number of guests among them dignitaries from across the world are expected to show up for the Sunday burial ceremony.

“We have received numerous calls from various leaders from all corners of the world who have confirmed that they will attend the ceremony,” he noted..

Mombasa County Commissioner Nelson Marwa assured members of public that there will be enough security during the burial.

“We have adequately prepared to provide security needs during the function. We expect a large turnout because the deceased was a popular figure who touched the hearts of many. In this case we have lined up enough number of security officers to handle the situation. So everyone should feel free and secure to attend the burial,” said Marwa.

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