Zambia’s first President Kenneth Kaunda has described the late former Defence Minister Lavu Mulimba as a trustworthy person.
The late Mr. Mulimba was a Cabinet Minister during the Kaunda regime.
In his farewell message, Dr. Kaunda said he entrusted the late Mr. Mulimba with major government positions such as Defence, Labour and Social Security Minister because he was trustworthy and reliable.
“I trusted him, that is why I chose to work with him,” said Dr. Kaunda during the requiem mass of Mr. Mulimba at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Lusaka today.
Dr Kaunda said Mr. Mulimba’s death was terrible adding that he will greatly miss him.
He said the only way to honour the late Mr. Mulimba, who once served as Petauke Member of Parliament and Member of the Central Committee in UNIP, was by remembering the immense contributions he earnestly made to Zambia.
And Vice President Inonge Wina said it was gratifying that the late Mr. Mulimba made remarkable contributions to Zambia through the various positions that he held in government both in the corporate and civil society.
Mrs. Wina said in a speech read for her by Minister of Health Joseph Kasonde that the tremendous record of good contribution the late Mr. Mulimba has left should be emulated by all Zambians.
Meanwhile Zozo, the son to the late Mr. Mulimba, has described his father as a hero and mentor.
He said in his tribute message that his father has left a void that will never be filled.
He said the family will miss the late Mr. Mulimba for his humility and wisdom.
His political career dates back to 1973 when he was elected as Munali Ward Councillor and subsequently voted as Mayor of Lusaka in the UNIP government.
Mr. Mulimba 77, died on March 29, 2015 at the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka after an illness.