Incarcerated United Party for National Development (UPND) President Hakainde Hichilema says the death of a freedom fighter in the country is painful.
Mr. Hichilema says this is because the future generations may not be privy to the details of our fight for independence.
He says there is need to appreciate the freedom fighters for their unwavering stance during the struggle for independence.
The UPND President said that had it not been for the great determination and oneness among the freedom fighters, Zambia would not have attained its independence in 1964.
Mr. Hichilema added that freedom fighters such as late Mrs. Salome Kapwepwe must emulated for their quest to determination to fight for independence, democracy, constitutionalism and respect for rule of law.
Speaking to Journalists in Chinsali on behalf of the incarcerated UPND President Hakainde Hichilema, UPND Parliamentary Chief Whip, Garry Nkombo stated that Mr. Hichilema’s vision is that of upholding democracy and uniting the country.
The UPND President’s remarks come in the wake of the demise of Mrs Salome Mwansa Kapwepwe, wife to the late freedom fighter Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe who died this week and has since been put to rest today in Chinsali.
Mr. Hichilema’s delegation comprised former MMD National Secretary Major Richard Kachingwe, former Lubasenshi MP Patrick Mucheleka, former Ambassador Bernard Mpundu, and Chisamba UPND MP Chushi Kasanda.
Others are UPND Deputy secretary general Captain Liambela, Mrs Tavaris and Bweengwa UPND MP, Michelo Kasauta.
Mr. Hichilema wished that had he not been in prison, he was personally going to convey his hearty felt condolences to the bereaved Mwansa Kapwepwe family.