By RONALD CHAWE
THE Zambia Professional Boxing and Wresting Control Board (ZPBWCB) says its plans of exhuming the remains of legendary boxers and re-burying them at Leopards Hill Memorial Park where Oriental Quarries Boxing Promotion(OQBP) has secured a legendary burial site has so far hit a snag.
ZPBWCB board Chairperson Nelson Sapi, who disclosed the development in an interview yesterday said the board’s idea of re-burying the former boxers, who brought honors to the country was recently rejected by the family members’ of late legendary boxer Charm ‘shuffle’ Chiteule of Kabwe.
Sapi said the issue of Chiteule has been buried and the board would approach other families of the legendary boxers.
“The issue of Chiteule, his family has told us that we leave his body in Kabwe so the matter is closed but will try other families like the family of late Chisanda Mutti, Lottie Gunduzani Mwale and big John Sichula just to mention but a few.
“This is supposed to be a joint programme with OQBP who are going to fund the project. The best for us to do is to bring up this topic during our full stakeholders meeting next month and see the way forward, for me and all board members plus OQBP. This is a very good project in our hands. You will be very disappointed to see where these great souls’ remains are resting, sorry sites,” he said.
In 2007, during independence celebrations, the late President Levy Mwanwasa honoured the late Chiteule with “The President’s Insignia for Meritorious Achievement” in recognition of the boxing glory he brought to mother Zambia and for his contribution to the development of the sport in the country.