THE body of Patriotic Front (PF) Bangweulu member of Parliament (MP) Chifita Matafwali arrived home to a solemn mood at Lusaka’s Kenneth Kaunda International Airport yesterday.
Minister of Justice Ngosa Simbyakula, who represented Government at the airport, was on hand to receive Mr Matafwali’s body.
“Mr Matafwali’s death is a great loss not only to the PF but also to the nation. I have known him from the time he was a student at the University of Zambia and he will be difficult to replace in the party,” he said.
Mr Matafwali died in India last Wednesday.
Minister of Tourism and Arts Jean Kapata, former Minister of Foreign Affairs Effron Lungu and MMD national secretary Mwansa Mbulakulima were on hand to receive Mr Matafwali’s body.
Others present were MPs from PF and opposition, senior government and party officials and family members.
Meanwhile, PF member Frank Bwalya described Mr Matafwali as a man who always worked hard to contribute effectively to national development.
Mr Matafwali’s older brother, Harrison, said the death of the parliamentarian is a huge blow to the family.
And widow Anna Chisenga Matafwali has expressed gratitude to President Lungu, Zambians and Government for the support rendered during the time of her husband’s illness.
Burial will take place today at Leopards Hill Memorial Park in Lusaka after church service at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.
Earlier, Luapula Province minister Benson Kapaya said Mr Matafwali will be greatly missed. He wished the family God’s guidance.
President Lungu tasked Minister of Home Affairs Davies Mwila, deputy Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya with his Transport, Works, Supply and Communications counterpart Mutaba Mwali and Kawambwa MP Nixon Chilangwa to repatriate the remains from India.