United party for National Development Hakainde Hichilema says he is deeply shocked by the tragic death of the two ZAF officers who died in an air crash yesterday. Deputy Air commander Major General Muliokela Muliokela and Colonel Brian Mweene died yesterday during a routine flying operation when their plane crashed in Lusaka West.
In a press statement obtained by the Zambian Watchdog, Hichilema said the late Major General Muliokela and Colonel Mweene were very highly trained men in uniform whose services and skills will be deeply missed by the people of Zambia.
“On behalf of the United Party for National Development and indeed my own behalf, I offer my deepest condolences, first to the families of Major General Muliokela George Muliokela and Col Brian Mweene who both lost their lives tragically, yesterday following an air crash in the outskirts of Lusaka. I would also like to pass a message of condolences to the ZAF Commander Lt. General Eric Chimese and the people of Zambia on this event that has shaken the core of our Zambian Airforce. Colleagues these officers were highly trained men in uniform, with impeccable records individually. The loss to the nation is immeasurable as these men demonstrated their dedication to duty in a manner that befitted men of their stature. Words fail to describe the sense of loss we feel as a party and as an individual on this occasion,” read the statement in part.
The opposition leader bemoaned the frequency with which these accidents are happening, which he said was a source of worry to all Zambians. He also appealed to government through defence minister Edgar Lungu to thoroughly investigate the cause and hoped that the outcome of the investigations will be known to the nation.