|Dr Chiluba put to rest
|28 June 2011 Tuesday 01:24 AM
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|Defence personnel carry the casket of second
Republican president Frederick Chiluba during the funeral service at the
Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Lusaka on Monday June 27,
Second republican President Dr Frederick Jacob Titus
Chiluba has been put to rest at Embassy Park in Lusaka.
started with a funeral programme at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Lusaka
National Broadcasting Corporation carried live the proceedings of the
Zambians countrywide watched the funeral and burial live on
screens mounted in various places.
Speaking during the burial, President
Banda said the death of second republican president Dr Frederick Chiluba has
taken Zambian by surprise.
And President Banda appealed to all Zambians
still holding ill will against Dr Chiluba to learn to forgive one
President Banda says he was one of the last people to see Dr
Chiluba at his request before proceeding to mourn his maternal uncle Mr Mwase
Banda in Chipata.
Mr Banda says when he met Dr Chiluba, their talk was
about the country, after which Dr Chiluba wished president Banda a safe trip to
President Banda says the death of Dr Chiluba has prematurely
robbed Zambia of another leader, because not too long ago, the country lost Dr
President Banda says he found it difficult that Dr
Chiluba has died because the parting of a friend is always a sad
Mr Banda says Zambians will always remember Dr Chiluba for the
many good things he did, among them the house empowerment
President Banda says “…Dr Chiluba ensured Zambian have
security of owning houses”, and was an extraordinary man.
Mr Banda says
Dr Chiluba from early life believed in seeking equality and justice.
president Banda has praised Dr Chiluba for laying Zambia’s foundation for
Mr Banda says the development Zambia is recording
today is as a result of Dr Chiluba’s economic reform and privatisation
Mr Banda says his government and that of Dr Mwanawasa have
continued to build on the foundation laid by Dr Chiluba and the
President Banda also says Dr Chiluba championed democracy in
He has also thanked first republican president Dr Kenneth Kaunda
for accepting defeat in the 1991 elections.
Mr Banda is also praying that
Zambia will continue having free and fair elections, in memory of Dr
He says since the 1991 multiparty elections, Zambia has held
three free and fair elections, a legacy that Dr Chiluba has left.
Banda has further eulogized Dr Chiluba for introducing Press Freedom Zambians
Mr Banda is also appealing to Zambians to pray for Regina
Chiluba and children.
He says the family will now need the support of
society as the person they leaned on is no more.
Mr Banda has commended
both local and foreign mourners who turned out in numbers to witness the burial
of Dr Chiluba.
At regional level, Mr Banda says Dr Chiluba worked hard to
Chiluba has been put to rest at Embassy Park in Lusaka, where Dr Levy Mwanawasa
President of Tanzania Benjamin Mkapa says he and Dr Chiluba worked hard to
strengthen economic and bilateral relations.
Mr Mkapa says as a result,
Zambia’s economic impact initiated by Dr Chiluba has not only been felt by
Zambians, but SADC and the African Union.
Mr Mkapa says Dr Chiluba was
not only at the centre of the labour movement in Zambia, but also a pioneer of
the country’s democracy.
And Mr Mkapa has commended President Rupiah
Banda and his government for according Dr. Chiluba a dignified state
Mr Mkapa has also called on Zambians to remain united following
the death of Dr Chiluba.
Earlier in the day, President Rupiah Banda led
thousands of people to the funeral church service of Second republican president
Dr Frederick Chiluba at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.
Thandiwe Banda, vice president George Kunda, his wife Ireen, Democratic Republic
of Congo president Joseph Kabila and cabinet ministers were also in attendance
at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.
Other foreign dignitaries include
Zimbabwean prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai, Zimbabwean vice President Joyce
Mujuru, and former Tanzania President Benjamin Mkapa and Katanga governor Moses
The body of Dr Chiluba arrived at the Cathedral of the Holy
Cross at 09:10 hours from Mulungushi International Conference centre where it
lay in state for two days.
Dr Chiluba’s body was carried on the Howitzer
105 mounted on the gun cortege from Mulungushi International Conference through
Great East road into Addis Ababa Drive to the Cathedral of the Holy
Officers from the defence forces lined up the street from
Mulungushi to the cathedral and each saluted as the cortege carrying Dr
Chiluba’s casket passed.
And hundreds of people in Chipata
gathered at the College of Education Main Hall where they followed the live
broadcast of the burial procession for Dr. Chiluba on ZNBC
The Main Hall was filled to capacity by people from all walks
Eastern Province Permanent Secretary Eularia Mwale was also part
of the solemn gathering which keenly followed the procession on the large public
Dr. Effron Lungu, regional manager for Zambia Open University,
said the country will forever remember Dr. Chiluba because of the many
achievements he scored in the political and social arena.
And a Chipata
resident, Hassan Ashok, said the country must come out more united after the
death of its second president.
In Kabwe hundreds of people from all walks
of life converged at the Civic Centre to watch second republican president Dr.
Frederick Chiluba’s burial procession live on ZNBC Television.
residents from the church, civil society organisations, political parties and
ordinary citizens assembled to follow Dr. Chiluba’s funeral procession on big
Business in the central part of the town came to a standstill as
most of the shops were closed.
President Rupiah Banda declared Monday a
public holiday, to allow Zambians witness the burial of Dr
Addressing the gathering, Chaplain Sergeant Kelvin Nyirongo
prayed that the nation remains peaceful as the country mourns one of its great
Sergeant Nyirongo also asked God to unite all Zambians regardless
of their political back ground in order to give Dr. Chiluba a funeral befitting
And Zambia Police Chaplain Sergeant Charity Shula called on
Christians not to relent in praying for Dr. Chiluba’s family and the nation
during the period of national mourning.
Sergeant Shula says it is
important for the country to maintain the spirit of oneness especially at the
time when the country is undergoing one of its worst moments.
Ends/znbc/ 27/06/11 15 00 hours
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