Translator Sends Wrong Message During Ramaphosa's Speech at Magufuli Funeral

Translator Sends Wrong Message During Ramaphosa's Speech at Magufuli Funeral

- While Cyril Ramaphosa spoke about Magufuli's lack of travel during his funeral, the translator talked about his character as a person

- A section of mourners at the state funeral broke into laughter having understood the wrong interpretation, which led to an apology

- The South African president had to repeat the exact part of his speech and the translator finally got it right, leading to applause from many in the stadium

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The translator at the state funeral service of late Tanzanian president John Pombe Magufuli, which took place on Monday, March 22, had a moment to forget.

The light moment occurred during South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa's speech at the Jamhuri Stadium in Dodoma.

His words were wrongly translated, leading to laughter from those who understood the difference.

Swahili Translator Sends Wrong Message during SA's President's Speech at Magufuli's Funeral Service
Uhuru Kenyatta pays his last respects at the coffin of late Tanzanian President John Magufuli during his national funeral at the Jamhuri Stadium in Dodoma. Photo: AFP via Getty.
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At some point in his tribute to the late, Ramaphosa noted Magufuli was not a great traveller and did not like flying as much and preferred staying at home.

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Immediately, the translator interpreted that Magufuli was a firm person filled with love and listened a lot to be able to deliver advice.

A section of mourners could be heard laughing in low tones as they found the interpretation hilarious, which led him to apologise, claiming he had not gotten the South African leader's words correctly.

President Ramaphosa repeated that part of the speech and this time round, the translator passed the right information, which led to applause from the crowd.

He even apologised for failing to capture what the president said in the first place.

During the same event, Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta stole the show after his show of respect, where he paused his speech to honour the Muslim prayer call.

The prayer call, also known as Adhan, was made from a mosque outside the Jamhuri Stadium where the state funeral service in honour of late Magufuli was ongoing.

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Halfway through his speech, the prayer began, resorting to silence, which many mistook for a one-minute silence honour.

After a few minutes of the prayer, Uhuru resumed his speech amid applause of appreciation from the stadium attendees.

He was celebrated for the gesture, which made him top the afternoon trending topics on Twitter.

Those who lauded him opined the president had a good upbringing that taught him to respect prayer. Uhuru was among the 10 heads of state who attended Magufuli's funeral service.

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