The body of
Zambia's late President Levy Mwanawasa has been flown home from France, where
he died this week in a Paris hospital.
The nation's leaders and other mourners greeted the plane bearing the body of
Mr. Mwanawasa as it arrived today at the airport outside the capital, Lusaka.
People from all walks of life lined the streets as the coffin was taken to
Lusaka's main conference center, where it will lie in state before being taken
on a tour of nine provincial cities.
A state funeral is planned for September 3rd, Mr. Mwanawasa's birthday.
country’s Secretary to the Cabinet, Joshua Kanganja has announced that a full
program for a state funeral is being finalized and will be announced later.
Mr. Mwanawasa died Tuesday in
Paris where he was being treated for a stroke he suffered in June. He was 59
Zambian broadcast journalist
Sanday Chongo Kabange, speaking with VOA’s Akwei Thompson from the capital
Lusaka, said the mood in the country is somber as Zambians mourn their late
“Lusaka city, the capital of
Zambia has been very, very quiet, business has completely come to a halt. You
can only hear solemn music playing…”
Kabange said the “people of Zambia
are united” for now as they mourn their late president, Levy Mwanawasa.