Vice President Guy Scott this morning led hundreds of mourners at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross who paid their last respects during a church service for the late Zambia Air force (ZAF) Deputy Commander Major General Miliokela Miliokela and Colonel Brian Mweene who died on Monday in plane crash.
Dr. Scott said his presence and that of other government officials at the requiem mass represents more than just a formal representation of government.
He said his presence and that of other government officials that included Defence Minister Edgar Lungu, Justice Wynter Kabimba and the Chief Government Spokesperson Joseph Katema is also an expression of their sadness over the deaths of the two ZAF senior officers.
Dr Scott stated that in the two and half years the Patriotic Front government officials have been flown around the country, ZAF officers have looked after government officials.
He said it is for this reason that government finds the death of Maj. Gen. Miliokela and Col. Mweene, whom he has described as skillful pilots, a great loss to the nation.
Earlier in a speech read for her, Maj. Gen. Miliokela’s wife Tina described how life had been with her late husband, whom she described as her best friend who she will miss dearly.
And his daughter Mary observed that her consolation and that of her siblings was that their father died doing the thing he loved.
Meanwhile in her speech ready for her Col Mweene’s wife Janet also described how saddened she is on the passing of her husband.
Both Maj. Gen. Miliokela and Col. Mweene will be put to rest at the Leopards Hill Memorial Park in Lusaka.