President Michael Sata has said that he was deeply saddened at the passing of former defence minister Mr. Benjamin Yorum Mwila who died in South Africa on Saturday.
In his message of condolences to the Mwila family, President Sata said the late Mr. Mwila 70, rendered a gallant service to the country and its people.
“It is with a deep sense of shock and sorrow that I offer my heartfelt condolences to the Mwila family on the loss of this dedicated and steadfast compatriot,” President Sata said.
President Sata said he remembers the late Mr. Mwila from his early days as a proficient entrepreneur who devoted his professional and political career to the cause of the country.
“No doubt, during his distinguished business and political career our departed colleague served this country with brilliance and vigilance in the many national tasks he executed. Therefore, his distinguished services will be deeply missed by all of us. We beseech the Almighty God to grant the bereaved family comfort and strength during this difficult period,” the Head of State said.
The late Mr. Mwila served as defence minister in the first MMD Cabinet as well as energy and water development minister among other positions.