President Mnangagwa to attend Banda’s state funeral this Thursday

By ZBC Reporter
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa is expected to join other leaders in Lusaka, Zambia tomorrow for the state funeral of Zambia’s fourth President, Rupiah Banda, who died on the 11th of this month after battling cancer.
Banda assumed the presidency in 2008 after the death of the then-incumbent, Levy Mwanawasa and led the southern African nation until 2011 when he lost elections to Michael Sata, the leader of the Patriotic Front.

Zambia’s House of Chiefs says it will remember the country’s 4th President Rupiah Banda for his tireless efforts in improving the well-being of traditional leaders across the nation.
Speaking when he shared a word of encouragement with the late former Zambian president’s widow Thandiwe Banda, shortly before signing the book of condolence on behalf of the house of Chiefs, Chief Lwembe of Petauke District said Zambians have many lessons to learn from Rupiah Banda whom he described as a selfless servant of the people.

He added that the House of Chiefs has joined the bereaved family and the country at large in mourning the former head of state.

Meanwhile construction works at the Embassy Park, the Presidential Burial Site in Lusaka where the former Zambian President will be laid to rest on Friday are at an advanced stage.
Zambia’s Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development Permanent Secretary, Danny Mfune, said his portfolio is making efforts to ensure the burial site is ready by this Thursday.