People of Mansa District, Luapula’s Provincial capital were all in a somber mood when they paid their last respect to Zambia’s first President Dr. Kenneth Kaunda.
While observing COVID-19 regulations as guided by the Ministry of Health residents in the district lined up for their last glance at the country’s founding fathers casket.
Dr. Kaunda was the first Member of Parliament of Bangweulu Constituency (present day Luapula) in 1962 which housed all the districts including what is now known as Mansa.
This morning some Mansa residents lined up with white handkerchiefs while singing Dr. Kaunda’s favorite song “ Tiyende Pamodzi ndi Mutima umozi (Lets move together in one spirit).
The State Funeral Procession was also attended by the provincial Permanent Secretary Eng. Charles Mushota , Mansa District Commisioner Mr. James Nyenjele , District Commissioners from other parts of the province , Defense and Security personnel, the Church and Traditional leaders.
Others were representatives from various political parties and freedom fighters mostly UNIP.
The Patriotic Front (PF) was represented by Members of the Central Committee Hon. Dr. Chitalu Chilufya and Hon. Nickson Chilangwa.
And speaking after the procession, Dr. Chilufya said he will always remember Dr. Kaunda as one who united all the tribes in Zambia.
“Dr. KK was the glue which bonded all the tribes in Zambia.” Said Dr. Chilufya.
Further Dr. Chilufya hailed President Edgar Lungu for carrying on Dr. Kaunda’s legacy by rekindling the “one Zambia one nation” slogan.
Dr. Chilufya has also thanked the people of Mansa for turning up to mourn and celebrate Dr. Kaunda life.
And Dr. Chilufya has thanked President Lungu for making the procession possible.
It was the family of Dr. Kaunda’s request that his body be taken to all the provinces in the country.