• Short Summary

    Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe, a former Vice President of Zambia has been given a tribal burial near his home in Chinsali.

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    LV & GV The late Simon Kapwepwe's home and crowds outside home (2 shots)
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    2.
    SV President Kenneth Kaunda and other mourners walking through crowds to house
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    3.
    GV Crowds outside Kapwepwe's home
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    4.
    SV Mrs. Kapwepwe and daughters in mourners procession (2 shots)
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    5.
    SV Mr. Kapwepwe's body wrapped in hides and grass mats being carried towards burial site, as mourners weep (2 shots)
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    GV Graveside surrounded by mourners
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    SV Funeral procession and body arriving at burial site
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    SV Body being lowered into grave
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    9.
    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.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAV2QVY8JTFSRXGEO61I64HZ43
    Media URN:
    VLVAV2QVY8JTFSRXGEO61I64HZ43
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/02/1980
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:07:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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