Residents of Mufumbwe district in the North Western province have described the death of President Michael Sata as a huge blow to the country.
The residents told ZANIS in random interviews in Mufumbwe that the death of President Michael Sata in London on October 28 where he went for medical check-up was a shock to most of them.
Matushi primary school teacher, Bertha Ndjovu said President Sata was a visionary leader who championed programmes that would continue benefitting the people of Mufumbwe.
Ms Ndjovu said it is during the late President’s three year tenure of office that teachers countrywide had been awarded improved conditions of service.
“It was under his leadership that teachers received good salaries and we felt very appreciated by his government,” she said.
Another resident, Queen Kikonfwa, said President Sata will be remembered for completing the main M8-Road which links Mufumbwe to Chavuma district.
Ms Kikonfwa said the link had improved the road network in the area adding that it had ensured that Mufumbwe benefits from national programmes.
And Mufumbwe main market chairperson Henry Sapasa said the late President Sata had done a lot for marketeers in the country within the three years that he had been in office.
Mr Sapasa stated that government has so far embarked on an electrification programme in the district which will benefit a lot of people especially marketeers.
“We have seen rural electrification being done in our rural areas and some houses have been connected to power at K150 instead of K2800 which has never happened with other governments.
“Even though he has passed on, agreements have been made with Water and Sewerage to connect houses to water pipes for as low as K250,” Mr Sapasa said.
Another resident Hilda Mbumba said President Michael Sata should be remembered for implementing the social cash transfer programme in the district.
Ms Mbumba said the programme was implemented for the first time in the district to benefit the people in the area as they had for a long time lagged behind in terms of development.
Meanwhile, Mufumbwe District Commissioner Mankshi Mukokwe has called on civil servants to mourn the late President through peace, unity and hard work.
And Mufumbwe District Health Inspector Hudson Mwila said President Sata will go down in the country’s history as among the most hardworking political leaders.