President Edgar Lungu yesterday afternoon received the body of former freedom fighter Mama Chibesakunda Kankasa at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport. The body was received with military honours.
The Head of State also received the family led by Bank of Zambia Deputy Governor, Dr. Tukiya Kankasa Mabula who is daughter to the deceased.
Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa Emmanuel Mwamba travelled with the family to bring the body.
And a big gathering of family members led by Minister of Higher Education, Nkandu Luo also joined President Lungu at the airport.
Mama Kankasa died in South Africa on Monday, 29th October 2018 at the age of 82 after she was evacuated to South Africa on October 6th 2018 for specialist treatment by government.
She was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at the Arwyp Medical Centre in Johannesburg until her demise.
Mama Kankasa was born ss Bessie Chibesakunda Ng’ona on 23rd March 1936, at Lubwa Mission in Chinsali districts
President Edgar Lungu has accorded freedom fighter Mama Chibesakunda Kankasa a state funeral and has declared Saturday November 3rd the day she will be buried a day of national mourning.
Mama Kankasa’s burial will be preceded by a requiem service at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Lusaka at 09:00 hours and later burial will take place at Leopards Hill Memorial Park.
And The North-western Freedom Fighters Association has described the death of veteran freedom fighter Mama Chibesa Kankasa as a tragic loss to the nation.
Association Vice Chairperson Eunice Sebele told ZANIS in an interview in Solwezi today that the late Mama Kankasa will be remembered for the role she played in influencing women to take part in the fight against colonial rule, as well as her advocacy for women’s rights.
She said the late freedom fighter who was also a Member of the Central Committee in the government of the first republic, recognised the potential that women had during colonial times and encouraged them to spread the news about the need to liberate the country from British rule.
Ms. Sebele further revealed that Mama Kankasa encouraged her and many women whose husbands were imprisoned to remain strong.
“My dear friend Mama Kankasa was a pillar of strength to female freedom fighters like me and other women whose husbands were imprisoned in places they did not know for fighting against colonial rule,” Ms. Sebele said.
She said the late freedom fighter has left a legacy for women to uphold as she continuously advocated for women’s participation in national matters.
Ms. Sebele has since called on young women to emulate the late gallant soldier by fiercely taking up leadership roles and contributing towards the development of the country.
She also called on leaders from various political groupings to take a leading in maintaining the peace attained during Independence. Lusaka Times