One of the first Intelligence Officers of post-independent Zambia Mr Peter Mukwita has died at the age of 86 at his homestead in Kaoma District , Western Province, a family spokesperson has confirmed.
Mr Mukwita one of the pioneer and longest serving senior Intelligence Officers served the Office of the President or Zambia Intelligence Security Services (ZISS) as an influential Deputy Director at the Intelligence Academy in Lusaka West from about independence until he retired in the early 80s. He lecturered there, after years of successful work.
The death of the former Deputy Director has been described as sad by some that went through his many classes such as Zambia’s reformist OP Director General of ten years up to 2001 Mr Francis Xavier Chungu, his former student at the Academy in Lusaka West.
Mr Chungu also known as FX Chungu described the death of Mr Mukwita as sad for the family of the late ‘spy teacher’ but nevertheless observed that at 86, the ‘old work-horse’ had lived a full life and deserved a rest after several decades of undisrupted national service behind.
“Please let everyone know that the late Mr. Peter Mukwita was my very prolific Lecturer in many courses I went through during his tenure of office at our Academy,” Mr Chungu also known for progressively transforming the ZISS said in a message of condolence to the Mukwita family upon learning of the demise of his former teacher.
“I and many of my compatriots from the Office of the President who passed through his hand will always live to remember Mr. Peter Mukwita’s very interesting and intelligent lectures,” Mr Chungu said.
Former OP Director General Chungu said, “No one in our classes missed a syllable from Mr Mukwita’s lectures. He was a very captivating Lecturer. We had a fond nick name for him. And at the end of each of his lectures, we all stood up to bid good day and shout out his name “.
The late OP Deputy Director who worked for decades in the service from independence days until his retirement in the 80s was before his death the only brother of Mr Frederick Lubinda Mukwita, the late father of Zambia’s deputy Ambassador to Sweden Mr Anthony Mukwita.
Mr Peter Mukwita was the older of the two, Mukwita’s. His funeral is being held in Kaoma, Western Province at his retirement home. He is survived by his wife of more than four decades Christina, children and grandchildren.
The Mukwita brothers were in those post-independence days in Western Province known for their dedication to national service with the father of the Deputy Ambassador (Anthony Mukwita) having served as a Secondary School Head Teacher and University of Zambia (UNZA) Lecturer at the time of his death more than 20 years ago.
Mr Chungu said the older Mukwita left an indelible mark on most of his students and many colleagues that have since passed after having excelled in the service.