Kaunda’s funeral arrangements have been the subject of a legal challenge after the Zambian government announced plans to bury the late nationalist at a presidential burial site in the capital Lusaka, against the wishes of some of his relatives.
In Tuesday’s court challenge, Kaunda’s son Kaweche said the government’s plan to bury his father’s remains at a presidential burial site was against the will of the African statesman.
He argued that Kaunda had wanted to be buried next to his late wife Betty at his residence.
Government Solicitor General Abraham Mwansa said on Tuesday that the state had not received any court orders against the planned burial at the presidential site.
Kaunda enjoyed a 27-year reign as Zambia’s first president and was revered for his struggle for the country’s independence, which sought to free itself from white minority rule in the 1950s.
He died on June 17, at the age of 97, after being treated for pneumonia, his office said.
Kaunda’s coffin has been moved across the country for members of the public to pay their respects, following the declaration of a 21-day period of national mourning.
It remains uncertain whether Kaunda’s body will be exhumed after the state funeral and reburied according to her wishes.
Zambian officials have denied that there were any disputes with Kaunda’s family over his burial, according to local media.
CNN has contacted the Zambian government for comment.
Meanwhile, Lungu declared Kaunda’s birthday, April 28, as a national holiday.