Gombtibo Zagre, Grand Chancellor of the National Order of Upper Volta, was buried in a state funeral on 12 December.
Gombtibo Zagre, Grand Chancellor of the National Order of Upper Volta, was buried in a state funeral on 12 December. He died the previous day during the independence day celebrations in Ouagadougou.
Gomtibo Zagre was 82 and on of the most revered figures in Upper Volta. His son, M. Bila Zagre, is now Minister of Information. Gomtibo Zagre was a Chevalier of the Legion d'Honneur and the holder of the French Medaille Militaire and the Croix Militaire. After the state funeral and the requiem Mass in Ouagadougou, Gomtibo Zagre was taken for burial to his native village in Upper Volta.
SYNOPSIS: In the chamber of the Upper Volta National Assembly in Ouagadougou, the body of the late Gomtibo Zagre, Grand Chancellor of the National Order of Upper Volta, lay in state on Saturday, 12 December.
Wreaths and tributes poured in from all over the nation as army officer formed a guard of honour round the coffin. Among the chief mourners was President Sangoule Lazimana. He greeted diplomats and other dignitaries who came to the Assembly to pay their last respects to one of the most revered figures in Upper Volta.
From the Assembly, the body of Gomtibo Zagre was taken to Ouagadougou Cathedral for a solemn requiem Mass. It was escorted by units of the Army, members of the diplomatic corps and other civic dignitaries.
Gomtibo Zagre was 82. He was a Chevalier of the Legion d'Honneur and a holder of the French Medaille Militaire and the Criz Militaire.
Ouagadougou Cathedral was packed for the ceremony. As the funeral cortege arrived at the cathedral, the coffin was carried by young officers of the Upper Volta Army into the cathedral and placed on a catafalque in the nave.
After the Rquiem, conducted by Cardinal Zoungrana of Upper Volta, Gombito Zagre's body was taken to his native village in for burial.