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Former Information Minister Ronnie Shikapwasha to Receive Official Funeral

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President Hakainde Hichilema has declared an official funeral for the late Ronnie Shikapwasha, former Information Minister, who passed away on Monday, January 15, 2024. The announcement was made by Patrick Kangwa, Secretary to the Cabinet.

Lieutenant-General Shikapwasha will be laid to rest this Saturday, January 20. The funeral service will be held at the Anglican Cathedral of the Holy Cross, followed by burial at Leopards Hill Memorial Park in Lusaka.

In addition to the official funeral, President Hichilema has declared January 20, 2024, as a day of national mourning to honor General Shikapwasha.

General Shikapwasha, aged 76, passed away following a shooting incident at his residence in Ibex Hill area. The Zambia Police Service is actively investigating the incident, which occurred on Sunday, January 14, 2024, between 17:00 and 18:00 hours. He was swiftly transported to Maina Soko Military Hospital where he later died.

Shikapwasha, who served in various Cabinet portfolios and as Keembe Member of Parliament during the MMD government, leaves behind a legacy of public service.

Police Public Relations Officer, Rae Hamoonga, urged the public to cooperate fully during the investigation, assuring that detectives are diligently working to gather evidence, interview witnesses, and analyze information. The police also encouraged anyone with relevant information to come forward and assist in the ongoing investigation.

As the investigation progresses, the police commit to providing updates while maintaining open communication with the public, emphasizing the importance of allowing the process to unfold without premature conclusions or speculation.

The nation mourns the loss of a distinguished public figure, and all eyes are on the thorough investigation to shed light on the circumstances surrounding General Shikapwasha’s passing.

16 COMMENTS

  1. Surely this is going to be the tr00ls best friend
    and how he shed a tear at the funeral and donated
    money to the bereaved OH DEAR we live amongst them

  2. He deserves it. I don’t understand why somebody abolished the death penalty. Which punishment can you give someone who kills another in this manner?

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  3. I attended the funeral house last night. A very emotional and dark cloud has covered our country. To lose a veteran this way is very saddening. We ask that the media respect the family’s privacy at this very difficult time.

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  4. Kaizer Zulu, just show up your self to law enforcement agencies. Being fugitive has limitations, ask Saviour Chungu, Zimbabwe may not shield you for long, neither South Africa or Malawi, phone James Banda.

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    • I don’t need to hide from a fellow human because no human scares me . I am in Zambia residing at my home in ibex, unlike you economic asylum seekers who have run away abroad.

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    • Ku Ibex, you still recall shooting your gun at a school bus with children inside in Ibex when your friend chakolwa Mutawale Lungu was president, Now that Ronnie has been shot, you are the next one, baza kushuter mambala iwe.

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  5. Can someone please shed some light on how the whole entire General was shot dead! Zambian Generals are very strange indeed, if someone can be killed inside his house like that, God forbid these chaps did not start a war with Angola otherwise the MPLA would have overrun us one time. Otther Generals like Simbeye were such stinking cowards such that when Solo came knocking Simbeye leaped over a 10 metres wall fence leaving his entire family behind to be sorted out by Solo. The Meanderous General legged off to Katanga in Zambia fearing to be arrested for coup plotting but abena Gen Chitompfwa want to fish the malingering one from Kolwezi in Katanga where nhe was hiding under a bush.

    • Iwe abena Chitompfwa was a coward and a spy who used to report his colleagues to KK, At the time of the Katanga you are talking about he was a Lieutenant colonel . When he reported Gen Tembo he was a colonel. When sata won the Election Chitompfwa died of heart attack in Tanzania were he was as Defence attache. He died as a Coward Stupid Soldier. I hope his son does not copy his father. His son is Colonel in ZAF.

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