Former Minister for Gender Victoria Kalima Laid To Rest

Minister for Gender Victoria Kalima, who died suddenly last week, has been put to rest. President Lungu failed to attend the funeral and instead gave a speech to Inonge Wina to read out. 

President Edgar Lungu has challenged young people in Zambia to emulate late Minister of Gender Victoria Kalima who he described as a hard working woman and dedicated to empowering women in the country.

President Lungu said the dedication of the late Minister to empowering women in the agricultural sector will be missed greatly by his government and the entire country.

The President observed that late Victoria Kalima excelled both in her private business and as a Minister of Gender where she helped mechanize the agricultural sector.

Acting President Inonge Wina led hundreds of mourners at the Cathedral of the holy cross in paying their last respects to late Minister of Gender Victoria Kalima who died this week after an illness.

Former President Rupiah Banda, First Lady Esther Lungu, First Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Catherine Namugala, Cabinet Ministers, Members of Parliament from both the opposition and ruling party were all present during the send off service.

The late Minister has since been put to rest at Leopards Hill Memorial park in Lusaka.

The late Ms. Kalima was accorded a three gun salute during the burial and a three day national mourning was also declared by President Lungu which ran from last Thursday to today, the day of burial.

Ms. Kalima is survived by a husband and four children.

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