“Presidential mausoleums waste of money”

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Sata’s mausoleum under construction

Social Commentator and blogger Yona Musukwa has called for a stop in building of mausoleums for presidents saying it is waste of public money.

Musukwa says these leaders should have been better buried at their farms or some fancy private grave yards.

President Mwanawasa

He was commenting on the fancy mausoleums built for late presidents – Levy Mwanawasa, Frederick Chiluba and Micheal Sata on a prime land at Embassy Park in the capital just opposite Cabinet offices.

The place is called Presidential burial Site, a National Monument and is maintained by government.

Below is Musukwa’s writeup:

WHY ARE WE BUILDING THESE FANCY SHRINES?

Everytime I passby these fancy and very expensive presidential graves along independence Avenue, near the British Embassy, I am not impressed at all. Why are we building these fancy shrines? For what? For sure we loved our leaders but these so called mausoleums is such a waste. These people should have been buried at their farms or some fancy private grave yards. These are acts of extreme exaggerations.

These people amassed alot of wealth during their time as presidents, therefore, their families could afford to build these fancy graves at their farms or private graves. I don’t see logic in Government building these fancy graves.

We need to stop this.

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7 Responses to “Presidential mausoleums waste of money”

  1. For this blame Rupiah Banda. He started it after seeing what then president of Malawi Bingu wa Mutharika had done for his wife. Late LPM as first president to be buried there would never have asked to be buried like that. I agree it’s a waste of money.

    Watch-out
    June 9, 2018 at 3:16 pm
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  2. A total waste of money.Greater leaders like J.F. Kennedy,Winston Churchil,Charles deGaule,Nyerere,Mandela etc are not in mausoleums.This is a practice formerly prevalent in communist countries.But even Castro and Deng Xiaoping of Cuba and China respectively are not in mausoleums.You can imagine how many such stupid structures we shall have after just 50 years.

    mitimiti
    June 9, 2018 at 6:53 pm
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  3. I always feel embarrassed whenever I pass by too. We are receiving donations from outside but we are showing excessive extravagance with the few resources we have. It gives a picture of a nation that does not think properly. To be poor is a disease.

    Kanono Kanono
    June 9, 2018 at 7:09 pm
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  4. A lot of space consumed too. That space should have been reserved for the first Republican President only – similar to the former Presidents’ House.

    abilima
    June 9, 2018 at 8:53 pm
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  5. Waste of tax payer, nyama yasoya started this. What a shame. Stop it. Whoever is going to soon let them be buried in their farms for sure, or in tarvens where they belonged.

    Jordan chulu
    June 10, 2018 at 4:08 am
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  6. Times change and Zambia has been in reverse gear because the upcoming younger and enlightened (highly educated) generation leaders have been shut out from the political scene! Old school politicians want to hold on to leadership positions without passing on the torch or mentoring the vast available human resource abreast with current advances around the world! The mausoleum thing is aptly stated @ mitimiti as a communist practice and in tandem with RB’s active political era now being wiped off the globe! Just imagine the cost involved in maintaining the luxury (aircon 24/7, polishing marble, electricity etc) attached to these eye sore graves! Agreed these people should have been buried in a probably existing designated cemetery or at least Zambians must reintroduce the culture of burying the dead in their villages for there is dignity in ones’ remains finally resting where their roots are!

    FuManchu
    June 10, 2018 at 8:35 am
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  7. Why are such structures reserved for politicians? Its not like they are the most important Zambians to have lived. How about Charles Mando? Yotham Muleya? Samuel Zoom Ndhlovu? Henry Tayali? those two guys who carried David Livingstone’s body to Tanzania? All of them deserve monuments

    Come U Changer Boy
    June 14, 2018 at 2:39 pm
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