Sata gives Fr. Mwebe a state funeral, but others question criteria

President Michael Sata has declared tomorrow the 25th June 2012 as a day of national mourning in honour of the late Catholic Priest Father Ignatius Mwebe.
Fr. Mwebe who is former Zambia Episcopal Conference Secretary (ZEC) secretary general died in a car accident on Thursday 21st June on his way to Kasama from Lusaka after his Toyota hilux he was driving collided with a Fuso truck along Kasama –Mpika road.
The day of national mourning has been announced by Secretary to the Cabinet Evans Chibiliti in a press release made available to the Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) in Lusaka today.

However, some concerned citizens have questioned the criteria being used by President Sata in declaring national mournings.

A source told the Watchdog that a prominent citizen, Rev. Foston Sakala who is a pioneer of democracy in Zambia died the same day Robiana Muteka died but there was no national mourning when he (Rev. Sakala) was even the founder of Fodep, first Commissioner of the Permanent Human Rights Commission, and together with John Mambo reconciled former presidents Kaunda and Chiluba.

“Why didn’t Sata declare a day of national mourning. Is it because Rev. Sakala is from Eastern Province and was not Catholic?

Recently Sata declared a national mourning for two Americans almost at the sometime when 11 Zambians perished in Mpulungu looking for employment.

Elijah Ngwale in a phone in programme on qfm last week said there was need for clear guidelines on how days of national mourning are declared. It should not be the discretion of the president.

Mr. Chibiliti said the late Fr. Mwebe aged 62 will be put to rest tomorrow Monday 25th June at Chilubula cemetery in Kasama after the requiem masses at Chilubula Catholic Church Parish tomorrow.
The late Fr. Ignatius Mwebe was ordained into the catholic priesthood at Lwena parish in Luwingu in 1977.

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