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President Hichilema saddened by Chikwanda’s death

General News President Hichilema saddened by Chikwanda’s death

President Hakainde Hichilema has expressed sadness at the death of former Minister of Finance in the Patriotic Front (PF) government, Alexander Chikwanda.

Mr Chikwanda, who was 84 years old, died in Lusaka today after an illness.

Presidential Spokesperson, Anthony Bwalya, said in a statement to ZANIS this evening that President Hichilema has since sent a message of condolences to the widow of Mr Chikwanda, Margaret and the family.

He said the President has since urged Zambians to pray for the Chikwanda family during these difficult times.

“President Hichilema acknowledges and applauds the enormous contributions the late Hon. Chikwanda rendered to the country and the Zambian people over so many years of public leadership service dating back to the pre-independence era,” Mr. Bwalya said.

Meanwhile, Acting Secretary to the Cabinet, Patrick Kangwa, has announced that Cabinet is working in collaboration with the family of the late Mr. Chikwanda on the funeral arrangements before a detailed burial programme is released.

The late Mr. Chikwanda was among the longest serving Cabinet Ministers in the Government of Zambia.

He was first appointed into government as Minister of State in the Office of the First President Kenneth Kaunda in 1970 and served until 1971 and later as Minister of State for Development Planning from 1971 to 1972.

His first appointment as full Cabinet Minister was in 1972 when he was promoted to the position of Minister of Health, a position he held until 1973.

“From 1973 to 1976, Hon. Chikwanda served as Minister of Planning and Finance after which he was transferred to serve as Minister of Local Government and Housing from 1976 to 1977,” Mr. Kangwa explained.

The late Mr. Chikwanda was in 1977, transferred to the Ministry of Lands and Agriculture in the same capacity until 1978 and in 1979 and 1980, he worked as Minister of Agriculture and Water Development.

Under the PF government, the late Mr. Chikwanda was nominated Member of Parliament in 2011 by the late fifth President of Zambia, Michael Sata, and subsequently appointed as Minister of Finance.

In 2015, President Sata died and Mr. Chikwanda continued to serve as Minister of Finance, this time under the sixth President of Zambia, Edgar Lungu until 2016.

The funeral gathering for the late Mr. Chikwanda is at his residence along Kanyanta Drive, State Lodge in Lusaka.

Mr. Kangwa has however urged members of the public to ensure that Covid-19 guidelines are observed during the mourning period to avoid the spread of the disease.

19 COMMENTS

  1. Crocodile tears. Your political persecutions and victimisation of a great man on baseless corruption charged have led to his death. So don’t say saddened. Say you are happy you evil man. His ghost won’t rest until it seeks revenge on you hh

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  2. Why don’t you PF rats above think the president is saddened by his death ???

    Is it because you think chikwanda was the godfather of the clique and a noose was tightening around him ?????

    MHSRIP………

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  3. … And thru the town the joyous news was spread
    Ding-dong, the tribally bigoted wizard is dead! Which old wizard? The wicked wizard
    Ding-dong, the wicked wizard is dead
    Wake up, you sleepy head, rub your eyes, get out of bed…

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  4. guys it not time to arrest this piece iof matuvi that came out of his mothers ass named Kaizar(a complete misspelling of the actual name btw) for his absolute arrogance and never ending insults to OUR president????? Not to mention all the money this Chipata rat stole during his time in gov. and btw only a koswe like him can get fired from an administration as horrendous as the PF’s. Zulu Shut the Eff Up we are sick and tired of your BS. UPND please lock this monkey up better yet throw him into crocodiles gorge and we be rid of him im sure even the crocodiles will refuse to eat this walking abomination to humanity

  5. He got away ..opted for the easy route the old sod and left he loot with his kids. Are supposed to sing praises when a horrid person passes? I said and warned you bloggers exactly 10 years ago that these old chaps borrowing in your name will not be there to payback this debt its your children who will suffer. They are all checking out one by one!!

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  6. Saulosi – Whatever he was going to say you wouldnt have agreed with him so I dont even know who you are attempting to fooool …really laughable.

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  7. Sources at State House revealed that Sata told Chikwanda on a Wednesday night that it was easier for him to protect his uncle from possible prosecution while serving as Cabinet Minister unlike when he was an ordinary citizen.

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  8. You should try your best not to take anything trolls say seriously. No matter how poorly they behave, remember these people spend countless unproductive hours trying to make people mad. They’re not worth your time of the day.

  9. But this old man has died too soon-he was key in the corrupion cases involving the Euro-Bond. This is so much needed evidence thats gone too soon. We needed him to answer questions of how & why the Euro-Bond money was misused. Remember both Euro-Bonds were personally taken by him. And i also remember when he was asked about how Zambia will repay-he said “we will build economic shock absorbers” this was exactly his answer. Now repayment is here and there are No single shock absorber? So ba Chikwanda talk- Even in your grave we will make you talk sir when these cases reach that stage.

  10. Me too iam deeply saddened cos we needed this hyena as evidence no.1 in the Euro-Bond acquisitions.

  11. I feel really nervous and bad now cos we will never know where the Euro-Bond cash was hiden and by who? Cos the fool that had all this information is dead now. And Also Privatisation which HH was accused of – this oldie again, together with Nawakwi are key the only missing person was Chiluba but now this Hyena is gone which means all eyes on Nawakwi with regads to privatisation-She was the finance minister(The person that sold to Canada miners, Australia & US) She signed those documents and split some profits with CHiluba and CHikwanda and others, VJ included. Sata was also there.

  12. They say “Harsh truth is better than sweet lies”. The late former minister of finance in PF government Mr Alexander Chikwanda contribution to Zambian welfare is difficult to finger. Mr Chikwanda’s focus while in government were his kinsmen, family members and close allies to the Bemba clan. As someone has said, he has dodged to the answers what happened to the money from the Eurobond loan – shared among his and those close to late president Sata and close appointees related to Mr Chikwanda. Most of them are still and continue to work under UPND government. Mr Chikwada was almost mute on tribalism, not that he was neutral but he was an apostle of it. Proof is available in positions of appointees in past and current governments.

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