The speeches during the 17th memorial anniversary of the Gabon air crash at Independence stadium were broken and upstaged by Joyce Chabala’s almost singlehanded passionate protest.
Joyce, wife of the late Efford Chabala, cut into speeches from all the three main speakers who included sports Deputy Minister Maynard Misapa, FAZ president Kalusha Bwalya and the victims’ families group representatives Daniel Choma, brother of the later Samuel Chomba, at the heroes acre at Independence stadium.
“We are not interested in the same old speeches every year when all you do is change the dates on the same old speeches,” Joyce said.
“We are here to hear the report we don’t want this story to go on for another 50 years.”
Joyce, who was later calmed down my some friends, also refused to place a wreath on her late husbands’ grave in protest for the prolonged release of the crash report.
She also threatened, single-handedly, to close the gate to the gate leading out of heroes’ acre to prevent officials from leaving until something was say about the report.
Sports deputy minister Maynard Misapa said in his speech that it wasn’t as easy as that.
“We realize that it had taken very long but they are good reasons why government has been treading with caution over the matter,” Misapa said in his speech when he addressed the crowd.
On a positive note, the families welcomed Faz president Kalusha Bwalya announcement that Football House was working on benevolent fund to benefit the families of the Gabon disasters.
“At least ewa landa ko ifya mano lelo (That’s the most sensible thing said at today’s memorial),” one unidentified family member of the victims said.