Veteran Politician Vernon Johnson Mwaanga has expressed sadness over the demise of the late freedom fighter Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe’s wife Salome Kapwepwe.
The late freedom fighter and former Vice President in the UNIP administration’s wife Salome Kapwepwe was born on 8th August, 1926, at Lubwa, Chinsali, now called Muchinga Province, an area largely considered a birthplace of Zambian politics.
Mrs Kapwepwe died on Monday night in her sleep and the actual cause of death has not yet been established and the funeral is in Chinsali, Muchinga Province and will be buried next to her husband according to her daughter Mulenga Kapwepwe.
In a statement, Dr. Mwaanga who first met Salome Kapwepwe in 1960, fifty-seven years ago during the struggle for Zambia’s independence noted that Salome stood firmly by her late husband who was deeply involved in the struggle against colonialism and apartheid in Africa and elsewhere.
He has since described Salome as a humble and unassuming person who devoted her life to raising children at a difficult time during Zambia’s struggle for independence.
Dr. Mwaanga said the death of Salome Kapwepwe is a loss to the nation as she contributed immensely to the independence struggle of the country.
“Am sadden by the demise of the late freedom fighter Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe’s wife Salome Kapwepwe” Dr. Mwaanga said
Meanwhile, the incarcerated opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema has also mourned the late former freedom fighter’s wife Salome Kapwepwe.
In a statement issued by the UPND President Head of Media and Publicity Clayson Hamasaka, Hichilema said the death of Salome Kapwepwe is a blow to the nation as she contributed significantly to Zambia’s struggle for independence.
“We mourn together we the family she left behind as she contributed significantly to Zambia’s struggle for independence” Hichilema said