By NATION REPORTER
I have learnt with deep sorrow the death of Simon Zukas who peacefully died at his Woodlands home in Lusaka, on Monday evening, President Hakainde Hichilema has said.
Mr Zukas, one of Zambia’s freedom fighters, died aged 96 at 21:05 hours on Monday.
His family state that funeral arrangements will be announced later.
President Hichilema said Mr Zukas distinguished himself as an uncompromising freedom fighter, and one of the few white men who stood on the side of Africans against the supremacy of the colonialists through his membership in Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula’s led African National Congress (ANC), and ultimately became one of the heroes of Zambia’s struggle for independence.
“Two weeks ago, Simon Zukas visited me at State House under the Civic Duty Association (OCIDA), an organisation that promotes good governance and economic development for which he was Chairman,” Mr Hichilema said in a Facebook posting.
He said Mr Zukas belonged to a generation of selfless Zambian patriots who sacrificed and put their lives on the line in order to liberate Zambia.
The President conveyed his sincere condolences to the widow Cynthia and the entire Zukas family over this sad loss.