President Rupiah Banda has declared a state funeral for former Minister of Finance Emmanuel Kasonde who died at Lusaka’s Trust hospital yesterday.
Mr. Banda said the late Mr. Kasonde has been accorded a state funeral in recognition of his distinguished service he rendered to the nation while in service.
This is contained in a press release signed by Secretary to the Cabinet Joshua Kanganja and made available to ZANIS this evening.
The late Mr. Kasonde’s funeral service will be conducted at Cathedral of the Child Jesus in Lusaka on Monday, December 15th 2008 at 09:00 hours.
Dr. Kanganja said the body of the late Mr. Kasonde will thereafter be flown to Kasama where it will lie in state awaiting burial at Malole mission in Mungwi district on Tuesday, 16th December.
The burial day has been declared as a day of national mourning from 06:00 hours in the morning to 18:00 hours in the evening.
Dr. Kanganja said flags will on this day fly at half mast while public functions and activities of entertainment nature should be cancelled or postponed.