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Official Funeral Service for Lt. Gen. Ronnie Shikapwasha Moved to Sunday


The Official Funeral Service for the late Lieutenant General Ronnie Shikapwasha has been rescheduled to Sunday, January 21st, 2024, according to an announcement by Secretary to the Cabinet Patrick Kangwa. The service, initially planned for Saturday, will now take place at Mulungushi International Conference Centre, old Wing, deviating from the earlier venue at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.

Mr. Kangwa, in a statement to ZNBC News, informed the public that the Official Funeral Church Service will commence at 10:00hrs on Sunday, followed by the burial at Leopards Hill Memorial Park in Lusaka at 13:00hrs.

In recognition of Lt. Gen. Shikapwasha’s contributions, President Hakainde Hichilema has granted him an official funeral and declared January 21st, 2024, as a day of national mourning. The observance of the Day of National Mourning will span from 06:00 to 18:00 hours, during which flags across the nation are to be flown at half-mast. Additionally, entertainment programs are expected to be either canceled or postponed as a mark of respect.

Lt. Gen. Ronnie Shikapwasha, 76, passed away on Monday, January 15, 2024, at the Maina Soko Medical Centre. Throughout his career, he served in various Cabinet portfolios and represented Keembe as a Member of Parliament during the MMD administration. The rescheduled events seek to honor and pay tribute to his significant contributions to Zambia.


  1. There seems to be disagreement between Boma and the church were Shikapwasha worshipped. It’s the reason the event has been moved from the traditional venue because there’ll be a church service at the appointed time. It could’ve been better had the government allowed the church were the late worshipped to lead and they just facilitate. Alternatively, the funeral could’ve been moved to Monday a neutral day. The Adventist elder at Community House shouldn’t dictate the program

  2. Wrong timing. Don’t dictate when he should be buried against the wishes of the church were he worshipped. His fellow clergymen won’t be able to attend this program because they’ll be ministering in their churches

  3. Please observe the recent cholera guidelines announced by the govt in terms of duration of the funeral service…also make sure you sanitize those toilets and there’s running water at MICC

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