Dec 16, 2011, 2:04 PM
From rumour to reality, President Levy Patrick Mwanawasa of
Many say late President Mwanawasa was a great man and a great leader. It is said that throughout his life the late Mwanawasa fought for the good of humanity.
He was born in 1948, received primary as well as secondary education in
He was well known as an ardent advocate of human rights a cause he has always exposed before and during his presidential career. According to records, he even once resigned from the position of Vice-President because of his personal convictions and intolerance for injustice.
In place of injustice he preferred and advocated self-sacrifice in public office, as well as honesty commitment and loyalty to
At the level of government his agricultural policies have produced bumper harvests across the rural areas.
This has been a man therefore of many parts, with strong vision and an interest at heart for the people.
His work has also been recognised both nationally and internationally, another testimony to his greatness. There are no doubt many Zambians who would echo the sentiments of Charles Mwape, a colleague in his movement for Multiparty Democracy Party, who said: "We have lost a great leader and it will be difficult to fill the gap."
Some African Presidents never had half as much honour, or any honour at all, in their last days; such leaders as Doe and Mobutu of grateful oblivion or ambivalent memory as the case may be. Of striking contrast has been President Mwanawasa of blessed memory, a president to emulate, one who sacrificed and gave a lot to his country. For those who hold that Mwanawasa was committed to justice, honesty and integrity for the common good of humanity, we can only add the prayer that his benevolent and beloved soul rest in perfect peace.