George Kunda will be greatly missed-Wynter Kabimba
Patriotic Front Secertary General Wynter Kabimba has said that Former vice-president George Kunda will be greatly missed.
“As a colleague, the State Counsel will be greatly missed. He was excellent as a professional without any doubt and his contribution to the development of the law cannot be understated because he really did contribute to the development of law in Zambia hence the reason he will be missed within the law society and I believe beyond.”
Mr Kabimba said the party and the government would stand by Mr Kunda’s widow and family during this trying period and help them in any way they can as burial arrangements are awaited albeit a State funeral is likely to be declared.
Mr Kunda, 56, who had been admitted to the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) in Lusaka from March 27 this year died yesterday around 16:00 hours.
UTH public relations manager Pauline Mbangwata confirmed the death of Mr Kunda in an interview last evening.
“Yes I can confirm that Mr Kunda has died, but details should be obtained from the party (MMD). He passed on this afternoon at 16:00 hours,” Ms Mbangweta said.
The details leading to his death remain unknown as family members have not disclosed that but the accomplished lawyer had been unwell for sometime even though his illness never at any time appeared to slow him down as he continued to work with the same zeal.
And Prominent Lusaka lawyer Patrick Mvunga has paid tribute to Mr Kunda’s contribution to the nation as a politician and a lawyer. Professor Mvunga said Mr Kunda performed exceedingly well as LAZ president.
“He was hard working and inspired a lot of upcoming lawyers in the legal fraternity. I convey my sincere condolences to the Kunda family, the wife and children for the loss of such a distinguished man,” Prof Mvunga said.
And Sakwiba Sikota,also paid tribute saying that Goerge Kunda made his work as LAZ president easy. “Mr Kunda made my work as LAZ president easy when he was my vice-president until 1996 when he took over as president because of the extra hours he was always willing to put in. He was very very hard-working.”
Another Lusaka lawyer Hobday Kabwe said he received the news of the death of Mr Kunda with a sense of sadness and shock considering that the former Republican vice-president was an inspirational figure in the legal circles.
“Mr Kunda had a lot of encouraging jurisprudence during his tenure as LAZ president and will be remembered for his outstanding performance in the legal profession. This is a sad moment for the legal fraternity.
“I ask the nation and the Kunda family to draw strength from God in this trying moment,” Mr Kabwe said.
Michael Mundashi, SC, who saved as LAZ secretary under Mr Kunda remarked: “The State Counsel was such a hard-working man and a very worthy adversary for many because he took his law very seriously. Therefore, he was not a man you would face with little research. You had to put in extra work if you were to argue a legal point with him.”
And Minister of Information, Broadcasting and Labour Fackson Shamenda said the death of Mr Kunda is a great loss to the entire nation and Zambia’s flourishing democracy.
Mr Shamenda expressed Government’s deepest condolences to Mrs Irene Kunda, the family and the MMD. Mr Shamenda said the ruling party needs political parties to offer checks and balances and said Mr Kunda was such a leader, who attempted to strengthen democracy in the country.
He said his death has come at a time when the MMD needs his contribution more than ever before. “In the absence of Mr Kunda, MMD’s effectiveness in offering checks and balances is greatly affected,” he said.
LAZ President James Banda has described the death of Mr Kunda as a tragedy not only to his family and the nation but the region as a whole. Mr Banda, who extended his sympathy to Mrs Kunda, said the former Vice-President contributed immensely to the development of good laws at the association and in Government.
He said Mr Kunda will be remembered at LAZ for his thorough research and constructive debates.
MMD presidential aspirant Nevers Mumba said the party will miss Mr Kunda’s hard-working spirit. He said Mr Kunda exhibited rare leadership qualities and the MMD still needed his guidance.
Dr Mumba, who is also a former Vice-President in MMD administration, urged party members to emulate Mr Kunda’s leadership skills. “Our hearts are broken and we are in mourning. We will definitely miss him a lot as MMD,” he said.
Opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema described the death of Mr Kunda as a loss to the family, the MMD and the country.
“We send our sincere condolences to the family. Mr Kunda had proved to be a resilient opposition leader after the MMD lost power,” Mr Hichilema said.
He said the Mr Kunda was providing the necessary checks and balances to the PF Government on issues of governance.
[Zambia Daily Mail/Times of Zambia]