PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu says he is saddened by the passing of Frederick Chiluba’s widow, Regina and broadcaster Errol Hickey.

In a statement issued by Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations Amos Chanda, Mr Lungu extolled Regina for her contribution to the MMD.

“His Excellency Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu President of the Republic of Zambia is deeply saddened by the passing away of late Second Republican President Mr Frederick Titus Jacob Chiluba’s widow Regina who died today after an illness. The President has described Mrs Chiluba as a strong and supportive spouse who firmly stood by the late President. President Lungu has also extolled Mrs Chiluba’s tremendous contribution to the success of the Movement for Multiparty Democracy(MMD) particularly in mobilising the women to rally behind the former ruling party,” Chanda stated.

“The President has extended his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved Chiluba and Chifunda families and urged them to find fortitude in the Almighty God as they mourn.”

He also regretted Hickey’s passing.

“Meanwhile, the President has regretted the passing away of Mr Errol Hickey, a pioneer in the development of Zambia’s first private radio broadcasting. The President hailed Mr Hickey for his ingenuity and unwavering commitment to take radio broadcasting to the level that it is in the country today. President Lungu has said Mr Hickey an icon in the media industry will not only be missed by the media fraternity but also the entire country. The President has extended his profound condolences to the bereaved family and wished them God’s solace and strength as they go through this trying moment,” stated Chanda.