Kennedy Sakeni put to rest

Sakeni's wife Lillian during a church service in Lusaka. Picture Courtesy of Eddie Mwanaleza

Sakeni’s wife Lillian during a church service in Lusaka. Picture Courtesy of Eddie Mwanaleza

Former Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services Kennedy Sakeni, who died last Thursday in the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka, has been put to rest today September 10, 2013 at Mushinka village in chief Mwansakombwes area in Samfya District, Luapula Province.

A delegation of Ministers led by Home Affairs Minister Edgar Lungu and Members of Parliament were among other mourners who witnessed the burial of the Mansa central Member of Parliament.

Opposition UPND Member of Parliament Garry Nkombo represented the Speaker of National Assembly Dr. Patrick Matibini while ZNBC was represented by its Director General Chibamba Kanyama.

Other in attendance included PF General Secretary Wynter Kabimba and Defence Minister Geoffrey Mwamba.

Sakeni who was born on the 1st of January, 1957 died on the September 1, 2013 after an illness. He leaves behind a wife and thirteen children.

President Sata had accorded him a three-day state funeral that ends Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 6pm local time.

Meanwhile, The United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information has paid tribute to the late Information and Broadcasting services Minister Kennedy Sakeni.

The message of condolences delivered to the Permanent Mission of Zambia to the United Nations, Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal expressed sadness at the passing on of Sakeni. He says they were extremely honoured by the interest the late Minister had taken in the Department of Public Information.

He describes Sakeni as a symbol of the enduring relationship between Zambia and the United Nations that began before Zambia’s independence and continues in the fulfilling years after.

The UN Under-Secretary General has since conveyed his sincere condolences TO the Minister’s family, the Permanent Representative Ambassador Dr Mwaba Kasese-Bota, and the Government of Zambia.

Before his death, Mr Sakeni was scheduled to meet Mr Launsky-Tieffenthal, the UN Committee on Information chairperson Mrs Lyutha Al-Mughairy, and senior officials in the UN’s Department of Public Information to foster closer working relationship among the DPI, the Zambian Government and media on various subjects, particularly those relating to information, broadcasting and social media.