Oldest Zambian Dies At Age 107
Samuel Mbilishi, a former freedom fighter and cabinet minister passed away on 20th October at age 107. Samuel Mbilishi is believed to have been the oldest recorded Zambian who saw Zambia blossom from its infancy to its current state.
However, Samuel Mbilishi was bared recognized and honored by the Zambian Government for what he and many other freedom fighters did for Zambia.
And Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services Chishimba Kambwili has issued a sincere apology to the family of the late Freedom Fighteer Mr. Samuel Mbilishi. In a statement made available to the media, Mr Kambwili, who is also the Government Chief Spokesperson said that Government will was unaware of Mr. Mbilishi death and promised to assist the family with funeral arrangements.
“ Government would also like to advice families of freedom fighters and former leaders to inform the Office of the President, the Vice President, or the Chief Government Spokesperson of any deaths of these gallant sons and daughters of Zambia so that they are given due recognition,” Mr. Kamwili said.
Concerned Zambians aired their views over the unrecognized demise of Samuel Mbilishi and other freedom fighters aswell.
“Well, first of all, any Zambian who dies at the age of over 100 years should be celebrated and acknowledged. It is indeed very rare to hear of a Zambian who has died at the age above 100.
Second point, this man was a freedom fighter who even served in cabinet. If Government indeed looked after it’s freedom fighters, particularly those that served in cabinet, Mr Kambwili wouldn’t be giving us the excuse that he was unaware. That is lame and speaks volume to many of our freedom fighters that have been neglected and left to fend for themselves and die in obscurity,” said one Zambian.