Matoka granted state funeral

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President Michael Sata has declared Wednesday September 17, a day of national mourning in honour of the late freedom fighter, Peter Matoka.

This is contained in a statement made available to ZANIS in Lusaka today by Secretary to the Cabinet Roland Msiska.

Dr. Msiska said during the day of national mourning, all flags will fly at half-mast and activities of entertainment nature should be postponed or cancelled.

He said the day of national mourning will be observed from 06:00 hours to 18:00 hours.

Dr. Msiska added that the late Dr. Matoka will be put to rest in Mwinilunga, in Chief Kanon’gesha’s Chiefdom in North-western Province.

He said burial will be preceded by a Requiem Service to be held in Lusaka on Tuesday, September 16 at 09:00 hours at the New Apostolic Church, Central Congregation after which the body will be flown to Mwinilunga where it will lie in state in readiness for burial.

The statement stated that Dr. Matoka’s Public Service career dates back from 1964 during the UNIP government when he served in various portfolios.

He also served as chairman of various organisations and committees, among them African Caribbean Producers Organisation (ACP) and Science and Technology Committee.

Dr. Matoka 84, died in the early hours of Friday, September 12, in Lusaka at the University Teaching Hospital, after an illness.

At the time of his death, he was Chancellor at Copperstone University.

The funeral is being held at the residence of the deceased House Number 26B Mosi Road in Ibex Hill in Lusaka.