The late Princess Nakatindi Wina has been accorded a State funeral, Secretary to the Cabinet, Evans Chibiliti has said.
Mr Chibiliti said in a statement in Lusaka yesterday that the Government had sent Minister of Gender and Child Development, Inonge Wina to South Africa to be with the bereaved family.
Mr Chibiliti said arrangements were being made in consultation with the family to bring the body back to Zambia.
Princess Nakatindi, who served the country in various capacities, including that of minister of Community Development and Social Welfare between 1993 and 1994, was evacuated by the Government last month to South Africa’s Milpark Hospital for specialist treatment.
“Late Princess Nakatindi Wina who died on Thursday in South Africa has been accorded a State funeral by Government. The Government has sent Gender Minister, Inonge Wina to South Africa to be with the bereaved family while arrangements are being made in consultation with the family to bring her body back home as soon as possible,” Mr Chibiliti said.
And messages of condolences have come in over the death of Princess Nakatindi, with freedom fighter Mama Chibesa Kankasa describing her as a great influence in shaping Zambia’s politics.
Mama Kankasa said she was greatly saddened by the dea th of the princess and called on women in Zambia to turn out in numbers to mourn her.
She said she had known Princess Nakatindi as a humble and dedicated person and called on the family, in particular her husband, Sikota
Wina, to remain strong during the trying moment of bereavement.
“I was shocked to hear of her death, the country has lost a great woman who was influential in shaping the country’s political life.
Zambia has been robbed of a daughter who played a critical role in Zambia’s revolution,” she said.
She said young women in Zambia could learn a lot from Princess Nakatindi’s life and the commitment she exhibited as a wife and a
mother. United Liberal Party (ULP) president, Sakwiba Sikota said the princess’ death was very sad both for the nation and at a personal
“She was my cousin and it is very sad that she has died. She was a person who will be remembered for her selflessness. She accommodated
anyone and helped many people, that is the kind of person she was.
“She fitted in with anyone. She came from a family of political activism and she contributed to bringing democracy in this country.
Princess Nakatindi will be greatly missed,” Mr Sikota said.
[Times of Zambia]