Secretary to the Cabinet Roland Msiska has announced that the body of late former Republican Vice President Lupando Mwape will arrive in Zambia this Friday, January 25, 2019.
Dr. Msiska said in a statement made available to ZANIS in Lusaka that the body of the late Mr. Mwape is expected to arrive aboard a South African Airways plane at the ZAF Lusaka Base, at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport at 15:20 hours.
Mr. Mwape died on Monday, January 21, 2019 at Arwyp Hospital in Pretoria, South Africa.
President Edgar Lungu has since accorded the late former Vice President a state funeral and declared three days national mourning from Saturday January 26 to Monday, January 28, 2019 when he will be put to rest.
Dr. Msiska said the three-day period of national mourning will be observed from 06:00 hours to 18:00 hours during which all flags will fly at half-mast while programmes of entertainment nature on both radio and television should be cancelled or postponed.
He said the funeral programme of the late Vice President will start with a Requiem church service at the Cathedral of the Child Jesus in Long Acres at 09:00 hours and end with a burial at the Leopard Memorial Park in Lusaka.
The funeral of the late Mr. Mwape is being held at plot number 2751/M/C, off Leopards Hill Road after the American International School in New Kasama in Lusaka.