June 27 - Dignitaries from across Africa attend the funeral of former Zambian President Frederick Chiluba. Jessica Gray reports.
A choir greets dignitaries from across Africa attending the funeral of Zambia's former President Frederick Chiluba. Soon after pallbearers arrive and carry his body into a Lusaka church filled to capacity with people paying their last respects. Celebrated for dismantling the country's socialist regime in 1991, Chiluba was charged with stealing almost half a million dollars of public funds. In 2009, he was acquitted of all charges, despite a 2007 British ruling he pay back $58 million dollars allegedly taken during his two terms in office. His wife was found not guilty by a Zambian court for similar crimes last year. Chiluba remained popular in Zambia, thanks in part to his religious views. (SOUNDBITE) (English) REVEREND PETER NDHLOVU "Zambia will remain a Christian nation and it has to be like that. We enjoy the facility, we enjoy the peace because Zambia is a Christian nation. He was not ashamed, he declared it, and it is done." He was also known as a peacemaker after brokering deals in Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Chiluba died of heart failure, aged 68. Jessica Gray, Reuters