The GOVERNMENT has extended days of mourning the late Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda to 14 as “the Zambian government is yet to announce the burial programme for the late departed”.
In a statement yesterday, Deputy Chief Secretary in the Office of the President and Cabinet (Presidential Communications) Mr George Charamba also said three days of mourning have been declared for Father Emmanuel Francis Ribeiro.
“Further to yesterday’s communication regarding the mourning period for late former Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda and the late Father Emmanuel Francis Ribeiro, Government wishes to advise that two over-lapping mourning period were declared as follows: Three days of mourning for national hero, late Father Emmanuel Francis Ribeiro; Fourteen days of national mourning for late President Kenneth Kaunda.
“The 14-day mourning period for the late former Zambian president takes into account the fact that the Zambian government is yet to announce the burial programme for the late departed.
“This position supersedes the one announced yesterday, Friday, 18 June, 2021. In keeping with the tradition, flags must fly at half-mast.”