Dr. Kaunda openly shed tears when he conveyed his condolences to the Chiluba family.
Dr Kaunda, who visited the funeral house in the afternoon, first went into the funeral house where he sat briefly and consoled the widow Regina and former first lady Vera Tembo Chiluba and other mourners before he joined other senior Government officials who were seated outside.
“We are here to mourn with the family of Dr Chiluba, both mothers are here, it is actually good to see that they are both here to comfort their children, we have also done our part,” Dr Kaunda told journalists.[pullquote]Government has moved the official funeral house for second president of the Republic of Zambia Frederick Chiluba to Belvedere Lodge[/pullquote]
He said Dr Chiluba had died at an early age and that his death was not by his own choice but God’s and asked for God’s guidance during this mourning period.
Dr Kaunda said the country had lost a great trade unionist who fought for the rights of his members, regardless of the situation and that his contribution would always be remembered by everyone.
Dr. Kaunda said Dr. Chiluba contributed immensely to the strengthening of the labour movement in the country.
He said that Dr. Chiluba’s death is sad for the country.
And First Lady Thandiwe Banda, in the company of Vice-President George Kunda’s wife Ireen, also visited Dr Chiluba’s funeral house around 11:30 hours and consoled the widow Regina before leaving.
And the Lunda Royal Establishment (LRE) has said the death of Dr Chiluba was not a small issue and did not only affect the people of Luapula Province but everyone in the nation.
Speaking on behalf of the Mwata Kazembe, his representative, Lukwesa Mumba said at the funeral house that Dr Chiluba’s death was a sad development and urged all the people of Zambia to mourn Dr Chiluba peacefully.
“On behalf of the Mwata Kazembe, his message is that the death of Dr Chiluba is not a small issue. It does not only affect the people of Luapula Province alone but the nation as a whole, let him be mourned in peace,” he said.
United Liberal Party (ULP) president Sakwiba Sikota also visited the funeral house in the morning.
Meanwhile Government has moved the official funeral house for second president of the Republic of Zambia Frederick Chiluba to Belvedere Lodge.
Secretary to the Cabinet Joshua Kanganja announced in a statement in Lusaka yesterday that the official funeral house had been moved from the former president’s official residence on Sable Road to BelvedereLodge on Leopards Hill Road in Lusaka.
Dr Kanganja said mourners wishing to visit the bereaved family may, therefore, go to Belvedere Lodge as from today, June 20 to June 27, 2011.