President Rupiah Banda this morning left for Solwezi, in the North-western province to attend the burial of the late Local Government and Housing Minister Benny Tetamanshimba who died in Lusaka on September 5 at the University Teaching Hospital.
President Banda is accompanied by First Lady Thandiwe, Second Republican president Frederick Chiluba, Chief Government Spokesperson Ronnie Shikapwasha, Tourism Minister Catherine Namugala, Energy Minister Kenneth Konga and Lands Deputy Minister Michael Mabenga.
Others are Defence Minister Dr. Kalombo Mwansa, Works and Supply Minister Mike Mulongoti and Communications and Transport Minister Professor Geoffrey Lungwangwa and Senior State House staff.
Mr. Banda was seen off at the Lusaka City Airport by Vice President George Kunda, Service Chiefs, Lusaka Province Minister Charles Shawa, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Bradford Machila and Home Affairs Deputy Minister David Phiri.
Others are Diplomats, senior government and MMD party officials.
President Banda is scheduled to return to Lusaka today shortly after the burial.
Yesterday, he led several Zambians at a church service for the late Tetamanshimba before the body was flown to Solwezi where it lay in state in readiness for burial today.
The late Mr. Tetamanshimba, who was Solwezi Central MP and MMD Spokesperson will be burried at his father’s village along the Mutanda/Mwinilunga road in Senior Chief Mumena’s area.
The late Mr. Tetamanshimba was evacuated to South Africa on August 8, 2009 for specialist treatment before he returned on Tuesday 1st September 2009 and was immediately admitted to the University Teaching Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit until his death.
He leaves behind a wife, Ezzie, six children and two grand children.