President Rupiah Banda today visited his farm in Chipata for the funeral of two of his dependants who died on Wednesday, September 29th.
President Banda arrived in Chipata aboard a Zambia Air Force (ZAF) plane at 13:00 hours and was taken to his farm.
ZANIS reports that he joined bereavement women in the house at his farm before he went to lay wreaths at the graves of the two old men, both of whom were said to be over 100 years old.
President Banda said at the burial site that it was important for Zambians to comfort one another and show love for one another.
He said the two men, who died of cardiac failure, worked for his father.
He said his father advised him to look after the two men before he died even when it was not clear where they (deceased) came from.
“When our father was very ill, he talked to me and said there are three people that you have to look after. Two of the three are these two here. He told me that you must feed them just like you have looks after me,” he said.
Mr. Banda thanked his family members and friends for according the deceased a dignified burial even when he was not around when they died.
The two were buried last Friday, October 1st, 2010 at Bwezani Chasimpha farm in Chipata.
President Banda was accompanied to Chipata by Agriculture Minister Eustarkio Kazonga, his special assistant for Press and Public Relations, Dickson Jere, House of Chiefs Chairperson Chief Madzimawe and several other government officials.
He was welcomed at Chipata airport by Eastern Province Minister, Isaac Banda, Provincial Permanent Secretary, Eularia Syamujaye, MMD Provincial Chairman, Kennedy Zulu and other senior Government and party officials.
President Banda returns to Lusaka tomorrow.