Chikwanda declares day of national mourning for Manjata

Government has declared tomorrow as a day of national mourning in honour of the late former Cabinet minister Stephen
Manjata who died on Sunday. He was 67.
Mr Manjata, who was Community Development and Social Welfare Minister in the Mwanawasa administration died at Lusaka Trust Hospital after an illness.
Acting Secretary to the Cabinet Roland Msiska announced yesterday in a statement that acting President Alexander Chikwanda had declared the day of national mourning.
He would be buried tomorrow in Kaoma District after a requiem service at Kaoma Evangelical Church in Zambia (ECZ).
Body viewing for Lusaka mourners would be held today at 08.00 hours at Ideal Funeral Parlour, while the national mourning period would run from 06.00 hours to 18.00 hours on the day of burial.
Funeral gathering in Lusaka was being held at Farm No 2, New Kasama on Mukuyu Road off Leopards Hill Road.
Mr Manjata was born on March 5, 1945 and was promoted to the position of Cabinet minister on March 24, 2005, after serving as deputy minister in the Ministry of Energy and Water Development from January 11, 2002 to 2005.
He also served as deputy minister in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services and Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources under the Chiluba administration in 1992 and 2001 respectively.
He leaves behind a wife, 17 children and more than 30 grandchildren.

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