By NATION REPORTER
LATE President Kenneth Kaunda was not an ordinary person to be buried on a private property, the court has ruled.
This is in a matter where one of Dr Kaunda’s sons, Kaweche petitioned the Lusaka High Court to block the burial of his father at Lusaka’s Embassy Park yesterday, so that he could be buried at his State Lodge home next to his wife, Betty’s grave.
Kaweche through his lawyers Simeza, Sangwa & Associates filed an application asking the court to stay the decision by Government to bury Dr Kaunda at Embassy Park and later exhume his remains and rebury at State Lodge, next to his wife, Betty.
He wanted the court to stop the burial and compel the State to release the remains of Dr Kaunda to the family to be buried at State Lodge.
In his ruling yesterday, Justice Wilfred Muma said Dr Kaunda was not an ordinary person hence public interest in the matter would override personal interest. Justice Muma also said there was no clear arguable case fit for consideration at substantive hearing.
“I refuse to grant leave for judicial review as there is no clear arguable case fit for consideration at substantive hearing. The applicant shall be at liberty to renew the application before the Court of Appeal,” the ruling reads in part.