Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe, a former Vice President of Zambia has been given a tribal burial near his home in Chinsali.
LV & GV The late Simon Kapwepwe's home and crowds outside home (2 shots)
SV President Kenneth Kaunda and other mourners walking through crowds to house
GV Crowds outside Kapwepwe's home
SV Mrs. Kapwepwe and daughters in mourners procession (2 shots)
SV Mr. Kapwepwe's body wrapped in hides and grass mats being carried towards burial site, as mourners weep (2 shots)
GV Graveside surrounded by mourners
SV Funeral procession and body arriving at burial site
SV Body being lowered into grave
SV PULL BACK TO GV President Kaunda throwing soil into grave
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Background: Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe, a former Vice President of Zambia has been given a tribal burial near his home in Chinsali. Mr. Kapwepwe died last month, after suffering a stroke during a visit to the northern copperbelt.
SYNOPSIS: It was Mr. Kapwepwe's wish that he be buried on a hill near his home, and on Thursday (31 January) ten thousand mourners gathered outside his house for the funeral procession. They were led by Zambia's President Kenneth Kaunda, a childhood friend and political opponent.
Mr. Kapwepwe was visiting his daughter on the northern copperbelt when he suffered the stoke and went into a coma. He was taken to hospital but died two days later without regaining consciousness.
A leader of the powerful Bemba tribe, he was given a funeral befitting that of a member of the Bemba Royal family. His body was covered with a reed mat and wrapped in a cow skin as required under Bemba tradition. The throbbing of tom-tom drums and the singing of a Bemba war song accompanied the sound of weeping mourners.
According to one report Mr. Kapwepwe has selected his grave site only a few days before his death. It was even said he'd started digging it before relatives stopped him and persuaded him to plant a flower there instead. Mr. Kapwepwe served as foreign minister in Doctor Kaunda's first administration in 1964, three years later he was vice-President. He was dropped in 1970, formed his own party, which was later outlawed, and served eleven months in jail. After being released he became a successful farmer. Dr. Kaunda made no speech at the funeral, saying he was overcome by grief.