Politicians mourn Regina, Hickey

ACTING President Inonge Wina (middle) at the mourning house of late Regina Chiluba in Lusaka’s Kabulonga. She was the widow of second President Dr Frederick Chiluba. PICTURE: COLLINS PHIRI

POLITICAL parties have mourned the death of widow of former President Frederick Chiluba and Radio Phoenix founder Errol Hickey.
In an interview, Patriotic Front (PF) deputy spokesperson Frank Bwalya said the party would remember Mrs Chiluba as a prolific member of the MMD and a vibrant cadre who contributed to the growth of the party.
“She was an example of what it means for a woman to support her husband in good and bad times,” he said.
And Mr Bwalya says the death of Radio Phoenix founder Errol Hickey is sad not only for the media fraternity but the entire country.
He said Mr Hickey led the way when the airwaves in the country were liberated by the MMD and promoted professionalism in the radio broadcasting industry.
Mr Bwalya said many powerful media personalities went through Radio Phoenix resulting in the opening of the now over 100 radio stations Zambia has today.
The MMD has described the death of Mrs Chiluba as “very devastating to the party”.
Acting spokesperson Raphael Nakachinda said Mrs Chiluba was a mother of MMD who contributed greatly to the growth of multiparty democracy in Zambia.
“As MMD, the death of Mrs Chiluba is a great loss in the sense that it has come at a time the party was rebuilding itself and needed her immense experience. As you know, she was the wife of our first party president, Dr Chiluba. We mourn with the family,” he said.
Mr Nakachinda urged party members to make contributions towards the funeral of Mrs Chiluba.
And on the death of Mr Hickey, Mr Nakachinda said it is a great loss to the nation.
“If you remember when we came into power in 1991, Mr Hickey took advantage of the MMD policy to liberalise the media and opened a radio station which up to now is a platform for Zambians to express themselves,” he said.
Mrs Chiluba and Mr Hickey died on Sunday after losing their respective fights against cancer.

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