President Lungu talks to National Guidance and Religious Affairs Minister Godfridah Sumaili as First Lady Esther Lungu listens shortly before departure at City Airport for Petauke for burial of his Aunt Mama Mainess Lungu on Wednesday, September 18,2019 -Pictures by Thomas Nsama/State House

President Edgar Lungu has left for Eastern Province where he is expected to attend the burial of his late Aunt Mama Mainess Lungu , who was until her death, the President’s only surviving aunt.

Ms Lungu died in Lusaka at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) on September 16th, 2019.

The Zambia Airforce (ZAF) plane carrying President Lungu department City airport at 08:30 hours local time.

The Head of State is accompanied by the first lady Esther Lungu, Presidential Affairs Minister Freedom Sikazwe and his Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations Isaac Chipampe.

President Lungu was seen off by Lusaka Province Minister Bowman Lusambo, Justice Minister Given Lubinda, Transport and Communications Minister Mutotwe Kafwaya, Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya, Lusaka Mayor Miles Sampa, service chiefs, senior government and party officials.

The Head of State is expected back in Lusaka immediately after burial.

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  1. Why is it that Ministers have to leave their offices to see off or welcoming the president? When do they work? Are security people not enough to see him off? Who pays for all the fuel and allowances to get all these chaps to and from the Airport? Imagine the added cost and inconvenience to motorists in Lusaka who can’t attend to business because they have to give way to excess baggage! Do you have to bring business to a standstill with this sick economy? Are these not costly counter-austerity rituals? Is this not a private errand which our officers can manage? Please enjoy while it lasts but remember that hungry poor Zambians won’t be patient with your extravagance and insensitivity forever!


  2. life has a beginning and an end…. Today you are on top tomorrow at the bottom…. Life changes…. but GOD changes not….. whether we like or not we shall one day die. what legacy do we need to leave behind…. Today you are President tomorrow you are not …. The thing in this world are passing away….. if you use your power to destroy some time later you will be destroyed by the same power when you no longer have it.

    The whole duty of man is to FEAR GOD and KEEP HIS COMMMANDMENT…….. ba mudala do you truly fear GOD?


  3. We mourn with you and your family Mr. President. May God Almighty strengthen you and the bereaved family in these trying moments.


  4. HE we join you in mourning and laying to rest your aunty. May the Good Lord allow her to rest in eternal peace. Good to see the first lady accompany you this is as it should be


  5. ”The only Aunt?” Please shade more light here as no one on has one Aunt unless she is the only Aunt in Zambia and more elsewhere. Anyway, sorry for the loss but story leaves a lot to question


  6. #2 Umunthu mutwe, exactly my thoughts. Fir this occasion The ministers could go and pay their condolences at State House NOT at the airport.
    On other occasions still, can the President soared us traffic congestion? Thus is one area where the President can contribute to austerity measures that ge directs others to do without leading by example. Unfortunately this president enjoys feeling important surrounded by persons and cadres.
    Now we had rested from seeing that thing at Presidential advisor or something like that. I thought it had gone to India fir medical check ups.

    By the way, doesn’t Findlay travel on ZAF propeller aircraft? I bet First Lady would not allow such

    MHSRIEP the Auntie.



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