Vice President Guy Scott today visited the funeral house of the late veteran politician, freedom fighter and academician, Peter Matoka.
Dr Scott who arrived at the funeral house in Lusaka’s Ibex Hill consoled Dr Matoka’s widow, Grace.
The Vice President later conferred with former republican vice president Enock Kavindele and other family members before departing the funeral house.
Dr Scott told Journalists that it was regrettable that Zambia has being robbed of an influential freedom fighter at the time when she is commemorating the 50th independence jubilee.
Dr. Scott said it is a very big tragedy but quickly pointed out that only the almighty God fixes time of one’s death.
“It’s sad that the funeral has happened at the time when the country is celebrating the 50th jubilee. It’s very tragic to lose such a freedom fighter, politician and academician and no-one fixes the time but God,” said Scott.
He described the deceased as person who led an exemplary life among freedom fighters.
And the Vice President has said there is need to review the clause surrounding former freedom fighters in order to take notice of their contributions to the country’s political struggle.
Dr Scott observed that the late Dr Matoka got an award from President Micheal Sata while some freedom fighters have died without their invaluable contribution being noticed.
Several serving and former cabinet ministers and other senior government officials visited the funeral house.
Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda, First Quantum Minerals Country Manager and former Zambia Army Commander General Kingsley Chinkuli, former Zambian Envoy to Russia John Chimunya Sikaulu were among the prominent people that visited the funeral.
The late freedom fighter, veteran politician and academician died on Friday September 12 aged 86 around 04:30 hours at the University Teaching Hospital where he was admitted.
He served in the first post-independence Cabinet of the UNIP government and was also a Member of the Central Committee before undertaking an illustrious diplomacy career.
Dr Matoka is expected to be buried on September 16 in his home village Kawiko in Mwinilunga District in North-Western province.