President Hakainde Hichilema has directed the Ministry of Home Affairs and Internal Security to review gun licensing laws.
The Head of State’s directive was prompted by the incidence surrounding former Zambia Air Force Commander Lieutenant General, Ronnie Shikapwasha, (Rtd) who was shot by his Wife Jane, according to Police reports.
Hichilema gave the directive when he, together with Cabinet Minister, members of the Diplomatic Corps, and other dignitaries joined the nation at Mulungushi International Conference Center in Lusaka on Sunday to pay their last respects to Shikapwasha.
He expressed concern over the misuse of firearms, stressing the need for stringent measures to safeguard citizens.
The Head of State, while advocating for responsible gun control, cautioned against citizens taking matters into their own hands.
“This distinguished Son of the Soil lived a life exemplified by commitment to duty and service to our country,” Hichilema said
The President acknowledged Shikapwasha as a distinguished son of the country, affirming that the government holds and would continue to hold him in high esteem.
Emphasising the late General’s exemplary diligence and devotion to duty, the President urged fellow Zambians to emulate his commitment.
He underscored the belief in consolidated service, noting that Shikapwasha exemplified leadership emerging from various perspectives.
“We send our condolences to the Shikapwasha family as their loved one is put to rest today. While the bereaved family has lost a patriarch, Zambia has lost a patriot,” Hichilema stated.
The President encouraged unity among the bereaved family and extended heartfelt condolences to them and the entire nation.
“I want to urge the mourners to honour General Shikapwasha’s memory with dignity and let me emphasise the importance of a respectful the mourning process,” he advised.
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