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Zambia Declares March 18 Public Holiday For The Funeral Of Former President Rupiah Banda

Source: Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (Lusaka)
Posted: Wednesday, March 16, 2022


Zambian Acting Secretary to Cabinet, Patrick Kangwa, has announced that President Hakainde Hichilema had declared Friday, March 18, 2022, as a public holiday in Zambia to coincide with the state funeral of the late president Rupiah Banda.

The aforementioned announcement goes on to clarify that "In view of the declaration, government is urging members of the public and the business community to observe the public holiday in a dignified manner as the nation puts to rest President Banda, a gallant Freedom Fighter, Great Son of the Nation and Statesman".

Over the past decade, Zambia has often declared one-off non-working public holidays on the occasion of the funeral of past presidents and prime ministers (2021-07-01, 2014-11-01, 2011-06-24, 2008-12-14, 2008-11-04, and 2008-08-26).

And, most recently, former Zambian President, Edgar Lungu, declared April 28 as a new annual public holiday in Zambia to mark the birth anniversary of Zambia's first president, Kenneth Kaunda, who had recently passed away (2021-07-07).



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