PRESIDENT Lungu is tomorrow expected in Chinsali to attend the burial of late freedom fighter Salome Kapwepwe, who died in her sleep on Monday at the age of 90.
Mrs Kapwepwe was widow of late former Vice-President and freedom fighter Simon Kapwepwe, who died in 1980.
Muchinga Province Minister Malozo Sichone said in an interview yesterday that freedom fighters led by Mama Kankasa are also expected to attend the burial, which will take place at Kasembo Farm.
Mr Sichone said the burial procession will start with a church service at United Church of Zambia Chinsali congregation at 09:00 hours.
“After the church service, the procession will move to Kasembo Farm where Mrs Kapwepwe will be buried next to her husband’s grave,” he said.
Mr Sichone said all arrangements have been made to ensure that Mrs Kapwepwe is accorded a dignified send-off.
He said President Lungu is expected to return to Lusaka soon after the burial.
President Lungu has declared three days of national morning in honour of her contribution to the country’s liberation struggle.
The national mourning ends tomorrow at 18:00 hours.
And Muchinga Province permanent secretary Bright Nundwe said in a separate interview that the death of Mrs Kapwepwe came as a shock to the people of Muchinga.
“The province is grieved to lose one of the notable senior citizens in the country. She fought tirelessly and won the battle for mother Zambia,” Mr Nundwe said.
He said the country has been robbed of a gallant and selfless woman.