Politicians serving in government now should emulate late Ben Mwila (BY)’s selfless zeal and passion for a better Zambia, says ZADECO president Langton Sichone.
Reflecting on the former Defense Minister’s life, Mr. Sichone told the Daily Nation that Mr. Mwila’s death has come at a time when Zambians needed his service especially at a time when the county had a stubborn government in place.
Mr. Sichone said that that Mr. Mwila, who was also president for National Democratic Focus (NDF) before he rejoined the MMD prior to the 2011 general elections, had shown true and selfless leadership in the manner he served as defence minister in the MMD government.
“The death of Mr. Mwila is not only a loss to the family alone but to the entire country especially when we have in government people who are very arrogant and stubborn, who don’t listen, the people of Zambia will miss his genuine contribution to the development of democracy in the country,” said Mr. Sichone.
He said that Mr. Mwila died fighting for a better Zambia by speaking against injustices under the PF government and contributing to the economic development of the country through job creation and taxes to the national treasury.
Mr. Sichone who once worked closely with Mr. Mwila said that there would be a huge political vacuum in the country left by the businessman turned politician.
“He has died fighting the injustices of the PF, he stood firm and strong when the PF government went after him and wanted to bring down his businesses. BY was not a pretender, he was true to this country,” he said.
He said that Zambians have been robbed off a gallant and legendary son whose political ambitions were about improving human life socially and economically.
Mr. Sichone urged both politicians in government and opposition to draw lessons from Mr. Mwila in a bid to improve the livelihood of the people of Zambia.
And President Michael Sata has expressed deep sadness at the passing of Mr Mwila who died in South Africa on Saturday.
In his message of condolences to the Mwila family, President Sata said the late Mr. Mwila 70, rendered a gallant service to the country and its people.
“It is with a deep sense of shock and sorrow that I offer my heartfelt condolences to the Mwila family on the loss of this dedicated and steadfast compatriot,” said President Sata.
President Sata said he remembers the late Mr. Mwila from his early days as a proficient entrepreneur who devoted his professional and political career to the cause of the country.
“No doubt, during his distinguished business and political career our departed colleague served this country with brilliance and vigilance in the many national tasks he executed. Therefore, his distinguished services will be deeply missed by all of us. We beseech the Almighty God to grant the bereaved family comfort and strength during this difficult period,” the Head of State said.