First memorial service for former president Rupiah Banda to be held this Saturday

Zambia's President Rupiah Banda gestures during the Reuters Africa Investment Summit held in Johannesburg March 8, 2011. Banda expects his MMD party to score an easy victory in an election in Africa's biggest copper producer that he says will be coming in a matter of months. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS) - RTR2JLM7

The first memorial service for the late fourth president Rupiah Banda will be held on Saturday 11th march 2023.

In a press statement to the media, Secretary to the cabinet Patrick Kangwa has announced that President Hakainde Hichilema and the first lady Mutinta Hichilmena will lead the memorial church service at the Anglican Cathedral of the Holy Cross at 10: 00hrs.

Mr Kangwa says the memorial church service will be followed by the blessing of the tomb stone and wreath laying ceremony at the presidential burial site, Embassy Park in Lusaka.

He however advised the public that attendance at the blessing of the tomb stone and wreath laying ceremony is strictly by invitation.

The secretary to the cabinet said the event has been restricted to only close family members of the late fourth president and a few invited guests.

He noted that members of the public are encouraged to follow live proceedings of the memorial on the national broadcaster and other media platforms.


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