President Hakainde Hichilema has thanked Zambians for restoring the value of families as a beacon of peace.
Speaking when he led thousands of mourners in paying their last respect at the burial of Dr Sylvester Hamahvwa, his uncle, of Hamahvwa Village in Chief Monze’s area today, President Hichilema called on all Zambians to cherish and build families as a strong basis for development.
President Hichilema says families have a significant role to play in raising leaders that have the interests of the people at heart.
In describing, Late Dr Hamahvwa, President Hichilema said Dr Hamahvwa was a man who recognized the family as a cornerstone of raising children with respect for others.
He said Dr Hamahvwa recognized peace as a precondition for development and always encouraged him to maintain the peace.
The President said the family has lost a great man, who stood for love, peace and unity.
And speaking earlier, Patriotic Front(PF) party member of the Central committee, Emmanuel Mwamba commended President Hakainde Hichilema for the peaceful atmosphere he has created in the country that has allowed members of the opposition to attend functions along with those in Government without feeling threatened.
Mr Mwamba said the warm welcome he received from the UPND leadership in Southern Province was unprecedented.
Mr Mwamba said he felt secure and unthreatened as the ruling UPND senior Party officials of Southern Province recognized his presence and warmly received.
The PF official said the atmosphere he witnessed during his visit demonstrates President Hakainde Hichilema’s commitment to unite all Zambians.
He said the peaceful atmosphere exhibited at the funeral gathering signifies that there was no room for tribal politics.
Mr Mwamba who is an in-law to the deceased said Zambia was one big family as people are linked to one another through intermarriages.
Meanwhile Southern Province Minister, Cornelius Mweetwa said the UPND will continue to rally behind President Hichilema’s efforts to restore national unity.
And Monze Central Member of Parliament who is also Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security Jack Mwiimbu described the late Sylvester Hamahvwa contributed greatly to growth of the Party.
The President was accompanied by First Lady Mutinta Hichilema, Minister of Mines and Minerals Development, Paul Kabuswe and senior Government officials.
Chief Monze also described the late Dr. Hamahvwa as man who had the interests of people in his chiefdom at heart.