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.