Following the death of the former Vice President and Justice Minister George Kunda yesterday at the University Teaching Hospital, President Michael Sata has presented a statement of condolence to Kunda’s widow and family.
In this letter, President Sata also declared three days of national mourning in honour of Muchinga MMD Member of Parliament.
President Sata said he was deeply saddened at the passing of Kunda.
“It is with deep sorrow and grief that I learnt of the death of your dear husband Mr George Kunda SC, the former Republican Vice-President of Zambia,” read President Sata’s letter to Irene in part. “On behalf of the government and the people of the Republic of Zambia and indeed on my own behalf, I extend my highest and sincere condolences to you, the children and the Movement for Multi Party Democracy (MMD) for this painful loss.”
In a statement read by State House Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations George Chellah, the president commented: “Mr Kunda’s works as a lawyer for Luanshya District Council, as president of the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ), as Minister of Justice and Attorney General, and as Member of Parliament for Muchinga Constituency and Republican Vice-President have undeniably helped in strengthening our country’s political and economic capabilities.”
“I remember Mr Kunda from the early days of his career as a determined young lawyer at Luanshya District Council as well as his later days as a resolved politician who was never shy or afraid to exercise his democratic right to debate and devotedly defend his stance on many key national issues. Thereby enhancing and safeguarding our country’s democracy, which we all cherish dearly,” the President stated.
“And more recently, I last met Mr Kunda at State House when he accorded me the respect of accepting my invitation to join us for a luncheon hosted in honour of the United Nations (UN) Secretary General Mr Ban Ki Moon when he visited the country in February this year. Therefore, in recognition of Mr Kunda’s contribution to this country, I have declared three days of national mourning with effect from Wednesday 18th April to 20th April, 2012, so that we can come together as a people in prayerful reflection and mourn our dear departed colleague with honour and dignity.”
Meanwhile, Kunda is expected to be buried at Embassy Park in Lusaka. According to Secretary to the Cabinet Evans Chibiliti, the mourning period will run from Wednesday 18 April to Friday 20 April, 20, 2012. The body of George Kunda, SC, MP, who died in the University Teaching Hospital will lie in state for two days starting from Wednesday, 18th to Thursday, 19th April, 2012 at Mulungushi International Conference, to accord time to members of the public to pay their last respects,” he stated.
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