Lusaka – Zambia’s Founding Father, the late Dr Kenneth Kaunda, will be buried on July 7 2021 at the Presidential Burial Site in Lusaka.
Dr Kuanda died at age 97 on June 17 at Maina Soko Medical Centre in the capital.
Vice-President Inonge Wina this week said the Kaunda family and the government had agreed that the country’s first president would be taken to all ten provinces to enable Zambians to pay their last respects to a man who has been hailed globally for his contributions to Africa’s liberation and humanity.
VP Wina said an official funeral service would be held at Lusaka’s Heroes Stadium on July 2 with the number of people in attendance restricted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The body of the late president has already been to Choma in Southern Province and the final opportunity for people to pay their last respects will be in Lusaka on July 5. The burial will be televised live on television.
VP Wina said, “We are mourning our great leader at a very difficult time of COVID-19 hence the need to continue to comply with COVID-19 regulations. The government shall put further measures that will enable mourners to comply.”
The VP said the liberation hero “shall be put to rest … at a very private ceremony for family and selected invited mourners”.
Foreign leaders attending the official state funeral will be allowed to be accompanied by one official, and party regalia and expressions of political affiliation will not be allowed as a reflection of Dr Kaunda’s universal standing.
Dr Kaunda led Zambia to Independence in 1964, and he ruled the country from that year until 1991, and he was instrumental in fighting apartheid in Southern Africa.
Under his rule, Zambia played host to liberation fighters and refugees from Angola, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe.