From L-R: Former president Rupiah Banda, Former First Lady Thandiwe Banda,First Lady Esther Lungu, PF Secretary General Davies Mwila and Vice-President Inonge Wina during the funeral service of  Gender Minister Victoria Kalima  at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on Saturday,June 16,2018 -Picture by THOMAS NSAMA
From L-R: Former president Rupiah Banda, Former First Lady Thandiwe Banda,First Lady Esther Lungu, PF Secretary General Davies Mwila and Vice-President Inonge Wina during the funeral service of Gender Minister Victoria Kalima at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on Saturday,June 16,2018 -Picture by THOMAS NSAMA

President Edgar Lungu has challenged young people in Zambia to emulate late Minister of Gender Victoria Kalima who he described as a hard working woman and dedicated to empowering women in the country.

President Lungu said the dedication of the late Minister to empowering women in the agricultural sector will be missed greatly by his government and the entire country.

The President observed that late Victoria Kalima excelled both in her private business and as a Minister of Gender where she helped mechanize the agricultural sector.

The President said this in a speech read for him by Acting President Inonge Wina during the funeral service for the Minister held at the Anglican Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Lusaka today.

The Head of State noted that since 2016 when Ms. Kalima was appointed Minister, she has been working hard to end gender based violence and empower women and girls.

President Lungu stated that through the advance program, the late Minister empowered so many women in the country with agricultural equipment which enhanced agricultural production among women in Zambia.

He also told mourners that the late Ms Kalima worked well with traditional leaders country wide to curb child marriages and put to an end bad cultural practices that endanger the lives and progression of young girls in the country.

The President added that Ms. Kalima will be missed by the Patriotic Front Party, the people of Kasenengwa whom she represented in Parliament and the family members.

Acting President Inonge Wina led hundreds of mourners at the Cathedral of the holy cross in paying their last respects to late Minister of Gender Victoria Kalima who died this week after an illness.

Former President Rupiah Banda, First Lady Esther Lungu, First Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Catherine Namugala, Cabinet Ministers, Members of Parliament from both the opposition and ruling party were all present during the send off service.

The late Minister has since been put to rest at Leopards Hill Memorial park in Lusaka.

The late Ms. Kalima was accorded a three gun salute during the burial and a three day national mourning was also declared by President Lungu which ran from last Thursday to today, the day of burial.

Ms. Kalima is survived by a husband and four children.

First Lady Esther Lungu greets Service Chiefs after the funeral service of Gender Minister Victoria Kalima at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on Saturday,June 16,2018 -Picture by THOMAS NSAMA
First Lady Esther Lungu greets Service Chiefs after the funeral service of Gender Minister Victoria Kalima at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on Saturday,June 16,2018 -Picture by THOMAS NSAMA
First Lady Esther Lungu with Acting President Inonge Wina after the funeral service of Gender Minister Victoria Kalima at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on Saturday,June 16,2018 -Picture by THOMAS NSAMA
First Lady Esther Lungu with Acting President Inonge Wina after the funeral service of Gender Minister Victoria Kalima at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on Saturday,June 16,2018 -Picture by THOMAS NSAMA
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24 COMMENTS

  1. Where are the former 1st ladies Vera and Maureen? This was one of the functions they need to attend, if they don’t have money for fuel I can assist

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    • Edgar abandoned Victoria funeral. Speech was pure Inonge’s.
      You PF get ready, you are working for nothing, you like praising his three names, but when you die he gets on plane with his State House questionable team to drink beach in Mombassa.

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    • Zambians forever will remain poor.
      They waste so much money on a dead body.
      Brainwashed *****s.

      The casket you used is rotten and becomes the home of lizards and snakes.
      Why wasting money and cutting trees?
      Hundreds and thousands of man-hours lost crying over a dead person.

      Save money and spend on the living ones.

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    • So why drink beer. Just too much urine. Life is a mission and waste. Live it as sensibly and as senselessly as you please.

      Many Europeans and Americans come to die in Africa Zambia included coz funerals are cheaper on their estates, more colourful (less of black suites) and more jovial.

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  2. So apparently the KPIs for soldiers is to carry coffins or caskets for public office bearers, digging graves for disasters likes RTA like that Post Bus, Bgrimm Explosion in Chambishi, 44 students of Kawambwa killed in the RTA and so forth.Not excluding slashing at the yards of their Bosele .Yum!!!Kusiyana siyana kwa ma nchito.

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  3. Where is Lazy Lungu? What so important that the lazy thing had to miss a funeral of his minister….i mean the lazy man has been gone since Thursday.

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  4. SHE IS SURVIVED WITH A HUSBAND AND 4 CHILDREN I THOUGHT SHE WAS A WIDOW WITH 2 CHILDREN ONLY FROM CLEMEMT CHIBWE (lATE ) ANYWAY SHE COULD HAVE MARRIED AGAIN IN THE PROCESS AND PRODUCED 2 MORE KIDS MHSRIP MISS U VIKY

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  5. The very hard-working President was at a funeral house for 2 hours the day before he left for other important national assignments in Kenya. The Acting President is more than capable of representing him.

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  6. Where is the chief mourner (ECL)? He doesn’t even care about his late minister but goes for a private visit to another country with a mass delegation and you think he cares about you, whom he does even know personally. . .country men and women opens your spiritual eyes and see clearly not everything is fine.

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  7. Meanwhile ECL is busy in Nairobi ,Kenya trying to ink a deal for another prime plot and a mansion deal.He couldn’t be bothered.

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  8. MAMA THE VERY PEOPLE THAT ADOPTED U UNDER PF ARE NOT HERE AT UR FUNERAL, THE SELL OUTS IN THE NAME OF RB ARE HERE U NEVER TOLD US HOW WE SHOULD TREAT THEM AT UR FUNERAL, WE ARE WAITING FOR A SIGNAL. U WERE NEVER APOLITICIAN BUT DUE TO ECONOMIC HARDSHIPS U DECIDED TO JOIN POLITICS AND U EXCELLED THROUGH UR BOTTOMPOWER MAMA WHAT MESSAGE DO WE GIVE TO LADIES OF UR TYPE? MYSRIP

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  9. Just the postings can tell the Zambia has one of the dullest chaps in the world. Simple minds are looking for the President at the funeral, others are posting value less comments, others are being political

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    • Ba Clement …

      The smart people of the Zambian Enterprise know better … that’s why you have all these people running their mouths on a daily basis while we run this country. Don’t worry about the average blogger here. The majority like Jay Jay have lower IQs and are always bitter.

      Let Them Remain Blind; It Is Better For Them That Way ~ B R Mumba, Sr

      Whining Is Not A Winning Strategy ~ B R Mumba, Sr.

      May Vicky’s Soul Rest In Eternal Peace!!!

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  10. Eish. Zambian people need psychiatric help.. These comments don’t sound right. How do you write such things about a dead woman. And leave everything to God He got it in control. Problem is you have removed God in all this and put in your doings. Once you allow God to take charge, you will see how things will move. Just saying..

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  11. MHSRIP and may God forgive all the people who are commenting badly of a dead person! One finger is pointing on short comings of other people but the three comes back to you! I wish our president God’s blessings and wisdom!

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  12. having scoured the global press for years, comments sections such as these are not normally places where Socratic dialogues are had. I find them to be more pub/ tavern/ shabeen in conversation tone.
    This is the same with our politics and leadership. People enjoy the latter and cannot fathom the former. You get elected by being a comedian/ dancer and not for the policies you espouse. Ukushoba is our national tradition. We try to somehat try hold people to account in these ‘pontings’ but it is to no avail. The vultures still rule us. Those who beula still win. Until we all start to remember that we’re in a race with the rest of the world. Start to send intelligent peopel abroad in the ministry of foreign affairs who will SELL Zambia not just enjoy their allowances and foreign travel…

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