PF Presidential candidate Edgar Lungu has won kudos from families of the Gabon disaster 22 years ago when a military plane crashed, killing everyone on board, by helping them recover K16 billion as compensation.
Widow of Lt. Colonel Victor Mubanga, who perished in the disaster off the coast of Gabon in 1993, Ms Pamela Mubanga, yesterday said the families were “eternally grateful to Mr Lungu for his personal efforts he invested in the case even when he was not paid anything.
“We would have never been compensated for the loss had it not been for the efforts of Hon. Lungu who was then a lawyer in private practice,
“It took 11 years and an audience with two Presidents (Frederick Chiluba and President Mwanawasa) before Hon. Lungu could finally access on our behalf K16 billion which was distributed equally among the families.”she said
Ms Mubanga described Mr Lungu as an “honourable man with nothing but good intentions, a great lawyer indeed who deserves all the respect and love he is currently commanding.”
Ms Leah Sakala, 28, who was only five years old when her father Corporal Tomson Sakala perished on the plane, had nothing but kind words for Mr Lungu.
“All I know is that Hon. Lungu was one of the lawyers that helped my family recover compensation for the loss of my father. I was five, turning six, when the tragedy occurred. I think Hon. Lungu is a good man.” she said
Mr Lungu used his own money to fight for the Gabon disaster families to be compensated for the loss of their loved ones while closely working with prominent Lusaka lawyer Sakwiba Sikota.
“Often he (Edgar Lungu) used to dip into his own pockets and give widows a K20,000 here, a K1 million there for their transport and other logistics…he is a good man and I think he will make a great President,” she said.