CHIEF Macha says today’s politicians must emulate veteran politician and freedom fighter Daniel Munkombwe’s spirit of hard work and honesty.
In an interview, chief Macha said Munkombwe, who died at Livingstone Central Hospital last week after an illness, managed to work with all governments since 1964 because he was “trustworthy and not corrupt”.
“Politicians of nowadays must emulate veteran politician and freedom fighter Daniel Munkombwe’s spirit of hard work and honesty at work other than concentrating on stealing,” chief Macha said.
He said he was proud that his son, Munkombwe, who hailed from his chiefdom, died a free man who never committed any scandal while serving in government for a long time.
The traditional leader expressed disappointment that politicians of nowadays were fond of stealing and engaging in corrupt activities instead of focusing on service delivery.
“It’s a shame that today we have people who, just after joining politics, become popular for stealing public resources and create more scandals when people like late Munkombwe served for a long time in government but never committed any scandal,” chief Macha said.
The traditional leader said although he would have loved government to accord Munkombwe at least a three-day national morning like others, he was still thankful that his subject had been recognised even if it was just for a day.
Chief Macha said Munkombwe had left a legacy of being honest at work, a feat that every elective leader must emulate him to avoid tarnishing their image to their followers.