President Edgar Lungu is deeply saddened by the death of former Republican Vice President in the Movement for Multi-Party Democracy (MMD) administration, Lupando Mwape.
In a statement issued to the Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) in Lusaka today, Special Assistant to the President for press and public relations Amos Chanda, said President Lungu prayed that God Almighty grants the bereaved family solace and fortitude as they mourn their beloved one.
Mr Chanda stated that President Lungu has since instructed Cabinet to proceed with preparations for the state funeral in honour of the former Vice President.
And Secretary to the Cabinet Roland Msiska disclosed in a statement issued to ZANIS in Lusaka today that Mr Mwape died today January 21, 2019 at 06:05 hours at Arwyp Medical Centre in Pretoria, South Africa.
Dr Msiska explained that Government evacuated the late Mr Mwape to South Africa last week for specialist treatment.
He said members of the public will be informed about the funeral details of the late former Vice President in due course.
Mr Mwape served as Vice President under the Late President Levy Patrick Mwanawasa’s administration from 2004 to 2006.