United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema has described late Kasama diocese Archbishop Emeritus James Mwewa Spaita as a man who stood for social justice.
In a statement issued yesterday, Mr Hichilema said Arch Bishop Spaita was involved in many national issues that affected the country and that he stood for social justice and pursued the interest of the weak and vulnerable with conviction.
“Colleagues, I have learnt with shock, the death of Arch bishop James Mwewa Spaita who was in the Kasama diocese. My heartfelt condolences to his family and the Catholic Church and its entire membership countrywide,” he said.
The UPND leader said Bishop Spaita ran his race as a man of dignity.
Mr Hichilema said it would only be a fitting tribute to Bishop Spaita if the people upheld what he stood for.
Bishop Spaita, who was born on April 8, 1934 and ordained priest in 1962, died on Tuesday this week in Kasama General Hospital.
He was appointed bishop for Mansa diocese in 1974 and in 1990 he became Archbishop of Kasama before retiring in 2009.
Bishop Spaita will be put to rest today at St Johns Catholic Cathedral in Kasama and his burial will be preceded by a requiem mass at 09 hours.