MMD president Nevers Mumba says the passing of Errol Hickey and Regina Chifunda Chiluba has robbed the country of two great citizens who enormously contributed to Zambia’s democracy in their respective rights.
Mumba, a former Republican vice-president, said both Hickey and Regina had contributed immensely to the democratic culture Zambia was enjoying today. In his message of condolences to both the Hickey and Chiluba families, Mumba prayed that God gives courage and strength to the two bereaved families and friends.
“The nation today moans two great citizens who in their own right contributed immensely to the democratic culture we are enjoying today,” Mumba stated. “Errol Hickey leaves behind a legacy of courage in the face of great danger when he pioneered the first private and independent radio station, Radio Phoenix. As is common to all pioneers, he suffered great persecution for holding the values of multiparty politics. At the beginning, he was the only voice representing the voice of those who challenged the status quo. He led the way and others followed.”
He stated that in 2003 while he served as vice-president, he recommended Hickey for the position of chairman of the tourism board, which he held for many years.
“Again, he added great value to the tourism industry,” Mumba stated.
And Mumba stated that Regina contributed immensely to the growth of both democracy and the MMD when she served as chairperson for women affairs in the former ruling party.
“Regina Chifunda Chiluba was a grassroots fighter for multipartism on the Copperbelt when she served as chairperson for women affairs in the MMD,” Mumba stated.
“She contributed immensely to the growth of both the party and democracy. She died as a firm supporter of her party, MMD, and the widow of our first party president, Mr Fredrick Chiluba… Paul says, ‘For me to live is Christ and to die is gain’.”
Both Hickey and Regina died in Lusaka on Sunday after battles with cancer./SM/JC