Minister’s funeral programme released

Kennedy Sakeni
Kennedy Sakeni

THE late minister of Information and Broadcasting Services Kennedy Sakeni who died on Thursday last week will be buried on Tuesday in Samfya district.
According to a burial programme obtained by the  Sunday Mail yesterday, Mr Sakeni, 56, will be buried at Mushinka Village in Chief Mwansakombe.
The funeral programme for the Mr Sakeni, who was also chief government spokesman, starts today with a church service at 12:30 hours at the Cathedral of the Child Jesus with the arrival of senior government officials, members of the diplomatic corps, members of Parliament, leaders of political parties and deputy ministers.
They will be followed by the arrival of the mayor and cabinet ministers at 12:40 hours and the arrival of Patriotic Front Members of the Central Committee at 12:45 hours. That will be followed by the arrival of Speaker of the National Assembly, the Chief Justice and the Secretary General of the PF.
Mr Sata and First Lady Dr Christine Kaseba are expected at the requiem mass at 13:15hours where he will also deliver a speech.
The homily mass will be conducted by Father Charles Chilinda while his life history will be delivered by Lieutenant Colonel Jethro Chipili. His widow Lillian Chama Sakeni and son Vincent will pay tributes to the late minister.
Fr Chilinda will deliver a closing prayer before inviting mourners to view the body of Mr Sakeni at 15:30 hours. The body will then move to Ideal Funeral Parlour where it will lay in state until tomorrow.
Tomorrow morning, the body which will arrive at City Airport at 07:00hours from Ideal funeral parlour will then be airlifted to Mansa at 08:00hours. A church service will be held in Mansa where the body will then lie in state until Tuesday.
Mr Sakeni, who died on Thursday September 5, at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) after a prolonged battle with kidney failure, leaves behind a wife Lillian, 10 children and seven grandchildren