Mkhondo Lungu’s death shocks KK
By Lulumbi Nakazwe
DR Kenneth Kaunda has described the death of former deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Mkhondo Lungu as shocking.
And former president Rupiah Banda says Lungu was humble, humorous and a good parent.
Speaking to journalists after a church service at Lusaka’s St Andrews UCZ Congregation yesterday, Dr Kaunda said Lungu was hardworking and committed to the calls of Zambia.
“It is a shocking problem for all of us and also the family. He has gone without saying goodbye,” said Dr Kaunda.
And Banda said all Zambians would miss Lungu.
“He was my colleague for many years in the diplomatic service. When I came back and became President, I looked around for somebody that will support me in a very sensitive Ministry of Home Affairs and I had to find him in Parliament and I called him to become my minister. I will remember him as a very humble, humorous and a very good parent; you can see from his children that he has left us. He was a very good man,” said Banda.
Meanwhile, during church service, Vice-President Inonge Wina said Lungu served the Zambian public service with passion, patriotism and diligence.
“On behalf of His Excellency the President of the Republic of Zambia, Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu, the government and people of Zambia and indeed, on my own behalf, I would like to convey our deepest condolences to the bereaved family and the nation at large on the death of the late honourable Danwood Mkhondo,” said Vice-President Wina.
And Chief Justice Ireen Mambilima told journalists that Lungu was a likeable person.
“I first knew Mr. Lungu in 1980 when he was at the mission in New York. I was in the delegation, which went to the general assembly. He struck me as a very humble person. A very likeable person and we had a good time with him, professionally, and from that time on, our paths crossed so many times. He was a gentleman and a very patriotic person and now I think he has left a legacy for all of us as Zambians to emulate because he was so simple that he could mix with anybody,” said Chief Justice Mambilima.