President and Mrs. Kenneth Kaunda were among the 5,000 mourners who attended the funeral of?
President and Mrs. Kenneth Kaunda were among the 5,000 mourners who attended the funeral of seven young air force officers at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Leopard's Hill cemetery in Lusaka, Zambia on Thursday (6 May).
The officers-together with two of Indian and two of Canadian nationality - were killed on Tuesday (4 May) when a Canadian Twin Otter aircraft crashed during a demonstration fight south of Lusaka.
Mourners filled the cathedral hours before five hearses brought nine coffins, including those of the two canadians, to the funeral service. There were scenes of high emotion as the bodies were carried into the cathedral by officers from the zambia Air Force and the Zambia Army.
After the service the Zambian officers were taken for burial in a two kilometre (just over one mile) - long procession. At the cemetery many mourners were overcome with grief and some had to be restrained from throwing themselves into the graves by police and army officers.
Speaking to the crowd, President Kaunda said that the young men who died in the accident were the best example of dedication, commitment and loyalty in the service of their country.