Government has restricted the number of mourners to attend the church service and burial of late President, Levy Mwanawasa, scheduled for September 3, 2008.
Secretary to the Cabinet Joshua Kanganja, said the number has been restricted to ensure an orderly and dignified church service and burial of the late President, who died on August 19.
Mr Kanganja told ZANIS in a statement this afternoon that members of the public are, therefore, encouraged stay home and watch the proceedings on ZNBC Television from their homes as the events would be transmitted live.
Mr Kanganja also indicated that ZANIS would screen the events from designated halls in some Lusaka townships.
“In order to have an orderly, solemn and dignified Church Service and burial, the number of mourners that can attend will necessarily be limited,” Mr Kanganja said the statement.
“Additionally, ZANIS will, where possible, screen the events from designated Halls in Lusaka Townships. The designated Halls will be announced later,” added the statement.
He said mourners outside Lusaka would also be able to watch the proceedings on ZNBC TV and screening facilities by ZANIS at places to be designated in consultation with the provincial and district administration.
“I wish to take this opportunity to urge members of the public who because of space and other logistical reasons, will not be able to attend the Church Service and burial to bear with Government and allow for a dignified burial of the late Presidnt,” Mr Kanganja said.