A small ant-hill will be buried in the half grave that was prepared for the former First Lady Mama Betty Kaunda at Lubwa Mission in Chinsali District of Muchinga Province where she was initially to be buried.
Senior Chief Nkula of the Bemba speaking People of Chinsali disclosed this in Mpika today when Colonel Panji Kaunda in the company of Chinsali District Commissioner Evelyn Kangwa and her Mpika counterpart Moses Katebe, visited the chief this morning to ask for forgiveness.
Chief Nkula said since the grave was dug halfway, he will ask his Indunas to go there and perform some rituals, which will include picking an ant-hill within the area and burying it in the grave in order to appease the ancestral spirits.
The traditional ruler said that traditionally, the grave that has been dug is not allowed to stay overnight or for some days without burying someone there.
He said that having had some changes in the burial program of the former first lady and following an apology logged by the eldest son of the Kaunda family, he has accepted the apology and will proceed to do some rituals.
The chief said there is no problem in the former first lady being buried in Lusaka adding that what has caused the change is something very serious and has allowed the Kaunda family to proceed with the burial in Lusaka.
He said he will also find time to visit first Republican President Dr. Kenneth Kaunda so that he can officially mourn Mama Kaunda who died at the age of 83.
Earlier, colonel Panji said he had decided to visit the chief and ask for forgiveness following the changes that have been made with regards to the final resting place of her mother.
He said it was not easy to change the programme adding that personally, he wanted his mother to be buried in Chinsali, but that due to other circumstances beyond the family’s control, the burial site had to be moved from Chinsali to Lusaka.