PRESIDENT Lungu has sent messages of condolences to the families of two former deputy ministers, Celestino Chibamba and Enock Chikamba who died in Lusaka last week.
Special assistant to the President for press and public relations Amos Chanda said in a statement yesterday that President Lungu regrets the passing away of Major Chibamba who died on Friday at Lusaka’s Fairview Hospital after a heart attack.
Mr Chanda said Maj Chibamba’s death robs the country of one of the country’s pioneers of multiparty democracy.
The late former minister served as MMD Shiwang’andu member of Parliament from 1991 to 2001 and later under PF from 2006 to 2011.
Maj Chibamba also served as deputy minister in the ministries of Defence, Works and Supply, and Energy and Water Development.
He also said that the late Mr Chikamba served in the MMD administration as minister and diplomat.
“The President said the nation will greatly miss the two leaders for their invaluable contributions they made to the development of the country,” he said.
And President Lungu has mourned the death of Alice Njovu, wife of UPND vice-president political affairs Canisius Banda.
Mrs Banda died of heart attack at the University Teaching Hospital on Saturday.
President Lungu has since encouraged the bereaved families to put their faith in God because only His will is certain and not people’s plans.
“We are all on this earth as passengers towards this destination of death. When and how it comes is matter of God’s timing and only he holds our fate. We must, therefore, take comfort that he alone is the ultimate comforter,” President Lungu said.