Vice president Guy Scott has this morning led hundreds of mourners at the funeral church mass for the late health Deputy Minister Patrick Chikusu at the Anglican cathedral of the holy cross in Lusaka.
Dr. Chikusu who has been given one day national mourning today Saturday the 7th of December is being put to rest at the leopard’s hill memorial park.
Speaking during the requiem mass, Dr. Scott has reiterated the Patriotic Front (PF) government’s appreciation of Dr. Chikusu’s services to help it govern the country despite having been an opposition Member of Parliament (MP).
Dr. Scott says the late Dr. Chikusu despite being an MMD MP was one of the opposition MPs who accepted an appointment in the PF government to a Deputy Minister in order to make life better for the people in the country and leave the bad past behind.
Dr. Scott says such comprise and reconciliation that Dr. Chikusu demonstrated to accept a job in the PF government is what makes African countries leave other countries behind in terms moving forward leaving behind bitters and forming partnership in resolving and managing conflicts.
And Dr. Scott has also applauded the peaceful manner in which MMD and PF choirs jointly sung funeral songs outside the cathedral before the requiem mass.
Dr. Scott says this how it should be and this is how the departed Dr. Chikusu would view it.
Among prominent mourners that attend the requiem mass include MMD vice president for politics Dr. Michael Kaingu, Speaker of the National Assembly Dr. Patrick Matibini, and Acting Chief Justice Lombe Chibesakunda.
Others include former first lady Maureen Mwanawasa, People’s Party president Mike Mulongoti among other senior government officials.