Malawi declares 3 days national mourning for Mandela

Malawi Government on Saturday declared three days of national mourning from Monday to Wednesday in respect of South Africa’s former president, the late Nelson Mandela.

Mandela died on Thursday from lung illness. He was 95.

Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) said the three days of national mourning were not a declaration of and did not entail public holidays.

“During the mourning period, any entertainment activities in public places including football matches, dances and other jovial gatherings should be suspended. It is expected that broadcasting houses will play sombre music during this period,” the press release said.

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It said all Ministries, Departments, Agencies and private institutions should fly all flags at their premises at half mast with immediate effect until date of burial on Sunday, December 15.

It said flags would flay at half mast in solidarity with the Mandela family, the government and people of South Africa, and in respect of the fallen “extraordinary Son of Africa”.

President Joyce Banda will sign a condolence book at the South African High Commission at Kangombe House on Monday, December 9 at 08:45 a.m., the press release said.

The press release said President Banda, the government and people of Malawi had received with deepest sadness and shock the news about the passing of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela-Madiba, former and first President of a democratic Republic of South Africa.

“Her Excellency the President, the Government and people of Malawi would like to convey sympathy and share the grief with the entire Mandela family, President Jacob Zuma, the Government of people of South Africa on this great loss of an icon who selflessly lived and gallantly fought to emancipate the people of South Africa and the entire humanity from all forms of oppression, injustice and racial segregation.

“Her Excellency the President, the Government and people of Malawi would like to convey sympathy and share the grief with the entire Mandela family, President Jacob Zuma, the Government of people of South Africa on this great loss of an icon who selflessly lived and gallantly fought to emancipate the people of South Africa and the entire humanity from all forms of oppression, injustice and racial segregation.

“May the soul of the great Son of Africa, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, Rest in Eternal Peace,” it said.

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