Zambia is built on the premise of ‘‘One Zambia One Nation’’ and therefore, Zambians must refrain from political violence ahead of the August 11 general elections, former President Kenneth Kaunda has advised.
And Dr Kaunda has advised Zambians to refrain from violence against foreigners as they have always been peace loving people.
Dr Kaunda was addressing congregants during the requiem mass for late freedom fighter Lewis Changufu in Lusaka yesterday.
He encouraged Zambians to treat each other with respect and Love despite different political backgrounds. “Zambians should honour Zambia’s vision of “One Zambia, One Nation” which many people including Mr. Changufu worked so hard to attain,” the former President of Zambia said.
Dr Kaunda said Mr. Changufu and others worked hard during the struggle for independence to build a modern Zambia.
And Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda said government received the death of Mr. Changufu with great shock owing to his contributions to liberating Zambia.
Mr. Chikwanda appealed to citizens to emulate Mr. Changufu’s life and attributes of love, respect for humanity, spirit of sacrifice and commitment to God.
Meanwhile Mr. Changufu’s widow Violet thanked her late husband for the support and happiest marriage he gave her.
The speech was read for her by her cousin Jennipher Kapwasha
And the deceased’s son Charles who represented the nine other children said his father taught them to love GOD, forgiven, be truthful and respect for elders.
And Veteran Politician Sikota Wina gave a life history on behalf of other freedom fighters.
Mr. Changufu, 89, died on April 27th after a short illness and he leaves behind nine children and 30 grand children. Apart from being Zambia’s first Defence Minister, Mr. Changufu, also served as Minister of Labour and Social Services as well as Home Affairs Minister during the First Republican President Kenneth Kaunda’s reign.
Other mourners at the Church included Cabinet Ministers, Chief justice Irene Mambilima, Former Vice President Enock Kavindele and Heritage Party leader Brigadier General Godfrey Miyanda.
After leaving politics Mr. Changufu served as Chairman of the Human Rights Commission among other portfolios.