Friday, 24 June 2011

Public invited to pay for state funeral

I'm all for celebrating the lives of fallen heroes but this is a new one to me. The Zambian government has announced that it is opening several more bank accounts (in addition to the original one) for the public to contribute to the state funeral of former president Frederick Chiluba. Perhaps I'm missing something but isn't a state funeral, by definition, funded by the people who pay taxes to the state? Surely there are better ways to honour someone's memory? Set up a fund for a social issue in the country. Provide opportunities to contribute to the welfare of a particular group the late president was concerned about. Encourage people to volunteer. So many ways of supporting and remembering someone other than asking people to pay for a funeral for which they have, technically, already paid. Or perhaps I'm missing something?

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