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KK’s son approaches court to force gvt to surrender his father’s body to the family

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Founding President Kenneth Kaunda’s son Kaweche has applied for judicial review to compel government to surrender his father’s remains to the family.

Kaunda said the move will help fulfill his father’s wishes to be buried next to his wife Betty.

In the affidavit filed in the Lusaka High Court today, Kaunda wants the court to declare the decision made by the Secretary to the cabinet bury the remains of Dr Kaunda at Embassy Park tomorrow and thereafter be exhumed and reburied next to his wife on Sub-Division number 9 of Sub-Division ‘A’ of farm number 28a, Lusaka, null and void.

“The applicant hereby requests a hearing of this application before the Judge pursuant to Rule 3(3) of Order 53 of the Rules of the Supreme Court (RSC); if leave to apply for judicial review is granted, a direction be given that the grant of leave should operate as a stay of the decision to which this application relates pursuant to Rule 3(10)(a) of Order 53 of the RSC; if permission to apply for judicial review is granted, a direction that the hearing of the application for judicial review be expedited,” reads the application.

Kaunda argues that there is no law which obliges the government to bury the remains of its former Presidents at Embassy Park.

“During his lifetime the Deceased was aware that his predecessors whom he had outlived had been buried at Embassy Park.

“However, his wish, which he shared with his children and grandchildren was that he be buried next to his wife on Sub-Division No. 9 of Sub-Division ‘A’ of Farm No. 28a, Lusaka, in the Lusaka Province of the Republic of Zambia.

“His wish was communicated to the Secretary to the Cabinet during his lifetime and the correspondence will be made available after discovery,” he said. -Mwebantu

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