CHRISTINE CHISHA and MIKE MUGALA, Lusaka
PATRIOTIC Front (PF) member of the central committee and Minister of Tourism Charles Banda has urged members of the ruling party to emulate the late vice-chairperson for mobilisation Nigel Mpakateni’s loyalty and dedication to growing the party.
Mr Banda also described Mr Mpakateni as a dependable soldier of the ruling party.
“My party members, you should emulate the hardworking spirit of late Mpakateni, he was committed to see the party grow,” Mr Banda said.
He said this at Old Leopards Hill Cemetery in Lusaka yesterday during the burial of Mr Mpakateni, 57, who served on the mobilisation committee, and died on August 21, 2017.
During the funeral service at Grace Ministries Exploits Centre where hundreds gathered to pay their last respects to Mr Mpakateni, Bishop John Ngandu described him as a dedicated member of the church.
Meanwhile, Minister of Foreign Affairs Harry Kalaba has described the death of expatriate Elpidius Mwansa as a great loss to the country and the southern African region.
Mr Mwansa until the time of his death, worked as an aircraft engineer in Botswana for over 20 years.
Speaking when he attended mass of the late Mr Mwansa at Charles Lwanga Catholic Church yesterday, Mr Kalaba said Mr Mwansa was a hardworking man who was dedicated to national service.
“Zambia and the southern region have been robbed of a gallant son who contributed positively to development of both Botswana and Zambia. He was an ambassador who represented our country so well across the globe. He ran his race and it is our duty to carry on from where he left and move our country forward, “he said.
Mr Kalaba also urged Zambians to be prayerful and always remember God in all their endeavours.
And Former Copperbelt minister Mwansa Mbulakulima described the death of his brother Elpidius Mwansa as a great loss to the family.
“My brother was my mentor and a fountain of wisdom. He played a great role in my political career as he introduced me to politics. He traversed the world and greatly contributed to national service with dedication and diligence, “he said.
Mr Mbulakulima urged the Zambians to be committed to work and embrace the legacy his brother left.
Earlier Mr Mwansa’s widow described her late husband as a pillar, mentor and source of strength.
The late Mr Mwansa worked for Zambia Air Services Training Institute as an aircraft instructor from 1974 to 1989 before he went to Botswana where he worked for 28 years.
He is survived by a widow Patricia, six children and two grandchildren.