Government says it needs about K4.6 billion for the funeral of late second republican president Dr Fredrick Chiluba.
Chief Government spokesperson Lieutenant General Ronnie Shikapwasha has told QFM that government has so far raised between K2 billion and K2.5 billion.
General Shikapwasa says the money will go towards the burial and accommodate all administrative and logistics for the funeral.
He adds that it is for this reason that government is appealing for financial and material support from well-wishers towards the state funeral.
General Shikapwasha says members of the public wishing to make contributions can do so by channeling their contributions through district and provincial administration offices countrywide.
He says it is government’s appeal that all well-wishers and mourners support the bereaved family.
Meanwhile the family of late second republican president Dr Fredrick Chiluba has resolved not to carryout a postmortem.
Speaking during a press briefing in Lusaka today, family spokesperson Ben Mwila says was after taking into consideration Dr Chiluba’s Christian beliefs and the fact that he had refused to have a heart transplant and any operation during the time he was sick.
He says the family decided to respect Dr Chiluba’s Christian beliefs.
Mr Mwila adds that according to the Lunda tradition,it is not allowed to conduct an operation on a king and that Dr Chiluba is considered as such.
The Chiluba family has also reiterated that the late president was a national leader and that those who wished to attend his funeral should do so without being harassed.
Mr Mwila has also thanked President Rupiah Banda and the First Lady on behalf of the family for the support rendered during the funeral.