National Guidance and Religious Affairs Minister Godfridah Sumaili has paid glowing tribute to the late Regina Chiluba ,widow to the Second Republican President Dr Frederick Chiluba for her immense contribution to the nation.
And Zambia Congress Trade Union ( ZCTU ) has presented an award to the Late Second Republican President Dr Chiluba and his the late wife posthumously in recognition of their contributions to the labour movement in the country.
Mrs Sumaili , who presented government at the funeral service of the late Mrs. Chiluba who died on Sunday 26 February after a long battle to cancer, ,said the former First Lady will be remembered as a courageous woman.
The Minister said Regina did not fear to enter the political arena despite it being dominated by the male fork.
Mrs. Sumaili said the late Mrs. Chiluba’s political carrier can be traced from the constituency level where she played a pivotal role in mobilising the then ruling MMD party’s structure on the Copperbelt.
She noted that due to are her determination in politics, the late Mrs. Chiluba rose to the position of national women’s chairperson.
And Mrs. Sumaili has described the late Regina as a devoted strong mother and wife adding that she will be remembered for her unwavering support she rendered to the husband, the deceased Dr Chiluba’s battling with court cases.
Mrs. Sumaili pointed out that Regina stood resolute in the face of numerous challengers. The Minister has since appealed to the surviving children to emulate the mother by upholding her Christian legacy.
Meanwhile Eric Chifunda the brother to the deceased described the deceased Mrs. Chiluba as a great woman who touched many lives.
Mr Chifunda revealed that Regina possessed unique features which made her a special woman. He cited love, charisma, selflessness and courage as some of the attributes that she possessed.
Mr Chifunda explained that Regina was a strong woman who remained composed as she passed through difficult times in Life.
He thanked the mourners who turned up to pay their last respect to the late Regina.
And Mando Mwanza the son to Regina said his mother was a devoted Christian who taught her children to live a Godly life.
Mwanza said the mother encouraged them to develop a personal relationship with God adding that he recalls that his mother kept reminding them that a life without God was meaningless.
Meanwhile, Zambia Congress Trade Union ( ZCTU ) has presented an award to the Late Second Republican President Dr Chiluba and his the late wife posthumously in recognition of their contributions to the labour movement in the country.
The award was presented to the Chifunda family by ZCTU Vice President Newman Bubala During the funeral church service of Regina held at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.
Mr Bubala explained that the union invited the late Regina at a ceremony which she was supposed to receive the award but failed to attend the ceremony as she was taken ill.
The labour movement is what it is today because of the contributions Dr Chiluba made when he was in the labour union, he said.
The ZCTU Vice President said the labour movement will remain grateful to the immense contribution Dr Chiluba made in shaping the labour movement in
And Zambia’s ambassador to South Africa Emmanuel Mwamba described the late Mrs. Chiluba as a strong pillar who stood by Dr Chiluba during difficult times.
Ambassador Mwamba said Regina reminded supportive to the husband when he laden with legal battles.
He noted that the late First lady remained by Dr Chiluba’s side during his long court trials when many people had deserted him.
And in delivering homily, Bible Gospel Church in Africa (BIGOCA) overseer Peter Ndlovu implored mourners to emulate Regina by giving their lives to Christ.
He quoted the book of Psalms 23 and urged the mourners to accept Christ and make Him the shepherd of their lives.
Bishop Ndlovu implored the mourners to make their life right with Christ before death knocks.
The church service was attended by diplomats accredited to Zambia, former and current cabinet ministers, opposition political leaders.