Road Development Agency (RDA) board chairman and PF stalwart Willie Nsanda who died last Tuesday in South Africa was yesterday buried at Nkana East cemetery in Kitwe.
And former Chawama member of Parliament Reverend Violet Sampa-Bredt died in Germany on Sunday.
Acting President Inonge Wina led thousands of mourners at the burial of the late Mr Nsanda.
Mr Nsanda’s burial was witnessed by people from a cross section of society which included call-boys, lawyers, businessmen, politicians and civic leaders among others.
Speaking at the burial, Mrs Wina said the death of Mr Nsanda was a blow to the Patriotic Front (PF) because he was a strong, courageous and tenacious politician.
“The death of Mr Nsanda is a big blow to the party especially that his death has come months after we just lost our republican and party President Michael Sata last year.
“We are going through a difficult time. When death strikes, it throws people in a state of disbelief, but let us seek God’s strength when we are faced with such difficult times,” Ms Wina said.
She thanked the PF leadership and others who had always been supportive during the funeral of Mr Nsanda.
And Zambia’s ambassador to Sweden Edith Mutale has described as a “major loss” the death of rev. Sampa-Bredt. Rev. Mutale described Rev. Sampa as, “an inspiration to many female Reverends and a rare Christian gem.
“She was the first Zambian woman to be ordained reverend for the United Church of Zambia (UCZ), which is a great achievement, “she said.
And the Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) is deeply saddened at the passing of its former secretary general.
“We the Council of Churches in Zambia acknowledge the enormous contribution that Rev Sampa-Bredt made to the life and work of CCZ during the period she served as general secretary. Rev Bredt will be remembered as a committed advocate of branding and increasing the visibility of CCZ during her tenure of office,” said Rev Suzanne Matale who is now CCZ general secretary.
Rev Matale said Rev Sampa-Bredt, in her work, made the presence of the church through CCZ easily visible and unmistakably identified in order for those in need to know where to find the church. “Rev Sampa-Bredt brought about positive change in society by fighting various injustices such as gender based violence, sexual abuse and other social vices which have not spared the church,” she said.