CHOMBA MUSIKA, Lusaka
WIDOW of late former Vice-President and legendary freedom fighter Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe, Salome, died yesterday at the age of 90.
And President Lungu is saddened by the death of Mrs Kapwepwe, whom he has
described as a warm and big-hearted person whose tremendous contribution to Zambia’s liberation struggle will continue to be cherished by many Zambians.
Her daughter, Mulenga, said in an interview yesterday that Mrs Kapwepwe died in her sleep at Kasembo Farm in Chinsali.
She said the death of her mother is shocking, especially that she spoke to her on phone on Monday night.
“She was fine, I had actually spoken to her last night [Monday]. When people went to wake her up this morning [yesterday], she could not wake up, she died in her sleep,” Ms Kapwepwe said.
She said family members will travel to Chinsali for the funeral, which will be held at Kasembo Farm, and that Mrs Kapwepwe will be buried next to her late husband’s grave.
And President Lungu says Zambia’s liberation struggle would be incomplete without mentioning Mrs Kapwepwe.
The President said Zambia has lost a great icon who was an epitome of what women ought to be to their families, society and the nation.
This is according to a statement issued yesterday by special assistant to the President for press and public relations Amos Chanda.
The President said Mrs Kapwepwe was a heroine who, with the cooperation of other great women, selflessly and significantly contributed to the country’s liberation struggle.
He paid glowing tribute to Mrs Kapwepwe for collaborating with other great women of Zambia alongside the men to achieve the country’s independence at the expense of their lives and families.
“Mrs Kapwepwe and other heroines held their families together regardless of the challenging times, hence families remained intact resulting in Zambia being peaceful, united and stable after independence,” he said.
President Lungu said Mrs Kapwepwe and other heroines laid a firm foundation for strong families and a politically united Zambia anchored on divine principles of love, hard work, peace and unity.
The President is hopeful that the Zambian youth, especially young women, will emulate Mrs Kapwepwe.
Mr Lungu, who visited Mrs Kapwepwe on March 14 last year at her home in Chinsali, underscored the need for the nation to recognise and celebrate founding fathers and mothers before they pass away.
He urged the Kapwepwe family to find fortitude and comfort in God as they mourn Mrs Kapwepwe.
“On behalf of the Government of the Republic of Zambia and indeed on my own behalf, I wish to convey my heartfelt condolences to the Kapwepwe family and the people of Chinsali in Muchinga Province on the loss of our great mother whose contribution to Zambia’s liberation struggle will always be cherished.
“As you go through this trying period, may you find fortitude and comfort in the Almighty God. May the soul of your mother rest in peace,” President Lungu said.