October 31, 2023
LUSAKA – President Hakainde Hichilema has called on Zambians to emulate the late former Speaker of the National Assembly Amussa Mwanamwambwa.
President Hichilema said Mr Mwanamwambwa served the country with distinction as cabinet minister up to the position of Speaker of National Assembly.
The President was speaking in his Speech read for him by Vice-President Mutale Nalumango during the official funeral service of Mr Mwanamwambwa at the Cathdral of Holy Cross in Lusaka today.
He said Mr Mwanamwambwa reached his climax in the public service when he became Speaker of the National assembly under leadership of President Frederick Chiluba.
The Head of State said Mr Mwanamwambwa rose from a humble journalist to speaker of Nation Assembly
“Government salutes him for establishing of parliament offices in every constitiuencies to link citizens to their MPs aswell as launching of parliament TV and Radio to connect the Parliament to the people.
He also established a media centre and equipped it to enable the media have access to parliament And Speaker of the National Assembly Nelly Mutti says Mr Mwanamwambwa will be remembered for his pivotal role he played in taking parliament closer to the people with honour and dignity.
Addressing Members during valedictory service at Parliament Buildings this morning, Mrs Mutti said Mr Mwanamwambwa will be remembered for his counsel.
Meanwhile, Vice-President Mutale Nalumango said Mr Mwanamwambwa lived his life to the fullest and positively impacted many people especially those around him.
And Mr Mavin Mwanamwambwa retired Judge and brother of the late Mavin Mwanamwambwa’s politial career began as early as 1961 while still at Munali Secondary School where he was a Member of the Youth Brigade under the United National Independence Party (UNIP).
He said Mr Mwanamwambwa joined the Movement for Multi-Party Democracy as a Committe Member on October 31, 1991 and elected Member of Parliament for Liuwa Parliamentary Constituency on MMD ticket.
He served as Deputy Minister, Tourism in 1993. Took up appointment as Cabinet Minister in the Ministry of Sport, Youth and Child Development in 1994 and was appointed Minister of Legal Affairs in 1995 and in 1996 appointed Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services and Chief Government Spokesman.
“In the same year following the General Elections of that year, appointed Minister of Tourism. Later appointed Minister of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries,” he said.
Mr Mwanamwambwa said that in November 1998 he resigned his Cabinet Portfolio as well as his Parliamentary seat just before his election as Speaker.
He retired as Speaker in 2011. Married to Catherine Nwadinafor Mwanamwambwa and they have three daughters.
(C) THE FALCON