Zambians mourn nationalist Matoka

HUNDRED of mourners yesterday gathered at the New Apostolic Church at Central Congregation in Lusaka to pay their last respects to former Cabinet Minister during the first republic, Peter Matoka, who died last week.

Speaking at the funeral service, Vice-President, Guy Scott, described Dr Matoka as a gallant freedom fighter who contributed greatly to the liberation of Zambia and dedicated his life to serving the nation.

Dr Scott recounted that Dr Matoka served the nation in different ministerial positions, adding that the late nationalist will forever be remembered for his massive contribution for mother Zambia.

He said the nation had yet again lost a great man and urged Zambians to mourn the late Dr Matoka with dignity befiting a statesman.

And Dr Matoka’s nephew, Leonard Kantumoya, thanked government for according his uncle a national funeral.

He also thanked all Zambians who joined the Matoka family in mourning the great leader who rendered dedicated service to the nation.

Dr Matoka, 84, is survived by a wife, Grace, children, grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

Mr Kantumoya said Dr Matoka’s body would be buried today in Chief Kanongesha’s area of the Lunda speaking people in Mwinilunga district in North- Western Province.