“Let us all go out and mobilise the voters and win the 2016 elections because that is what Kuchunga would have wanted,” an emotional Hakainde Hichilema told mourners yesterday at the burial of late UPND official Kuchunga Simusamba.
Mr Hichilema said Mr Simusamba ran the race and that it is now time for the UPND members to continue with that which he fought for.
‘He really fought hard for the party, he wanted to serve the Zambian people in Government as he had served as a community workers for our party, that is what we should remember Kuchunga for,’ he said.
Mr Hichilema added, ‘We did all we could within our powers and means to support him during his illness, but as they say God has his own ways of doing things.’
‘Such a dark day for us, but we know that it is darkest before dawn. We shall keep the spirit burning as you did…and we will win 2016 for men like you.’
Meanwhile, the Grand Coalition on the Campaign for a People Driven Constitution has learnt with great shock and sadness about the death of Mr. Simusamba.
In a statement, the Coalition said Mr. Simusamba was an ardent fighter for a new people driven constitution.
‘The Grand Coalition will always cherish the great support Mr. Simusamba gave to our campaign to ensure that the people of Zambia get a new constitution that meets their aspirations. Mr. Simusamba was very instrumental in ensuring that politicians from across the divide joined forces with ordinary citizens in demanding for a people driven constitution,’ it said.
‘When other politicians snubbed the people’s agenda to pursue selfish interests, Mr. Simusamba remained firm in his belief that the people of Zambia have all it takes to deliver unto themselves a new constitution, they do not require Parliament or any other entity to do that for them.’
The Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) extended their deepest condolences to United Party for National Development (UPND) on the untimely passing of UPND Deputy Secretary-General Kuchunga Simusamba. MMD Deputy National Secretary Winnie Zaloumis said Mr Simusamba was a brilliant hard-working man that brought great value to Zambian politics and he shall be surely missed by friends, family and everyone in the political space.She said despite the differing political inclinations, MMD always respected him and his invaluable contribution to the Zambian political landscape.
Hundreds of mourners turned up to pay their last respects to Mr Simusamba who died on Friday evening at 19 Hours at Lusaka’s University Teaching Hospital.
He was hospitalised for some time and on Wednesday last week police officers almost prevented UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema from visiting him at the hospital.
He is survived by a wife and four children.