President Michael Sata has described the late former Cabinet Minister in the UNIP regime, Jethro Mutti, as a gallant and dedicated Zambian who contributed immensely towards the attainment of the country’s independent struggle.
President Sata disclosed that Mr Mutti was a special person who fought hard and performed a great service as an advocate of the “One Zambia One Nation” motto.
Mr Sata said this in a speech read for him by Western Province Permanent Secretary, Emmanuel Mwamba, during the burial ceremony of Mr Mutti at Namilangi village in Kaoma yesterday.
He added that the former Cabinet Minister was a disciplined member of government who adhered to government procedure at all times.
The President said his influence also played a critical role in uniting people throughout the country, adding that he was a selfless leader.
Mr Sata noted that his contribution to the country still remains as an inspiration to the current crop of politicians.
He said this is why there is need for the younger generation not to lose sight and emulate his courageous contributions to national development.
And family representative, Kenneth Kauchingu, has thanked government for according Mr Mutti a State Funeral.
Mr Kauchingu said the gesture is a clear indication that President Sata is a President of all Zambians and has continued to recognise the efforts that former leaders made to the country.
Earlier, Cheka Chambunda Chairperson, Leonard Chuma, said the country has lost a man who was passionate about the history and culture of the Mbunda people in the country.
Mr Chuma has since pledged his association’s continued support to all government programmes.
The late Mr Mutti, 79, died on January 18, 2013, and was put to rest yesterday at Namilangi village in Kaoma.
President Sata accorded Mr Mutti a state funeral and declared three days of national mourning in his honour.