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ARTHUR WINA REMEMBERED

In his usual style of mesmerising the audience during public gatherings, first Republic President Kenneth Kaunda yesterday pulled yet another staunt at the opening of the Arthur Wina hospital in Nalolo,  when he jogged to the podium, amid cheers from the gathering.

Dr Kaunda 95, who was the guest of honour at the event attended by a huge crowd was initially supposed to give his speech from where he was seated, but he instead chose to do it from the podium. Dr Kaunda said that the opening of the Arthur Wina Memorial Hospital is timely, as it honours a gallent freedom fighter and politician.

Dr Kaunda said Wina deserves special recognition as he was a gallant citizen, who worked for the benefit of the maginalised in society.

He said the October 5, 2019 and his visit to Nalolo bring great memories that heshared with Mr Wina.

“Arthur Wina was the first Finance Minister, and he was a young man, but yet mature,” Dr Kaunda said.

He said the opening of the hospital signifies the good works that Mr Wina did, a thing he said will live in the Wina family even for generations to come.

And Dr Kaunda later led the gathering in signing the famous ‘Tiyende Pamozi ‘ song as a way of promoting unity after which he ended by saying ‘Twapwisha’ “we are done” much to the delight of the audience.

And Vice President Inonge Wina urged traditional leaders and parents in the country to promote land ownership among girl children to promote gender equality and women empowerment. Mrs Wina, said she was personally bequeathed and empowered  with land in her home village in Muoyo by her parents at a tender age of five. The Vice President said this yesterday during the official opening and launch of the Arthur Wina Memorial Hospital.

The K2.million hospital has been built on part of Mrs Wina’s land. Mrs Wina was married to freedom fighter and former Minister of Finance Arthur Wina for 37 years. Mr Wina died over 20 years ago. “The hospital is a dream come true to honour Mr Wina’s legacy. This is despite the many years since his demise. As a family, we could have chosen to build a huge tombstone or mausoleum but we chose to build something that will serve humanity like he did,” she said.

She commended Mr Wina’s former secretary and Dignity Zambia founder Sandy Clark who is Australian based, for raising over US$ 90, 000 and spearheading the project. Mrs Wina also commended the United Church of Zambia (UCZ) for accepting to manage the hospital with the Arthur Wina Memorial Foundation.

She urged personnel at the hospital to be humble and kind in their service to mothers and children. The Vice President said the hospital despite its small size is critical in saving lives.

And Mrs Wina said it is commendable that the wives of service chiefs are collaborating with her office to promote gender equality among others. She paid tribute to former President Kenneth Kaunda for gracing the ceremony and thanked the Clark family for their commitment to serving humanity.

Earlier Sandy Clark who has donated the facility to the people of Nalolo said she is delighted  to hand over the project.

 

Ms Clark who worked for Mr Wina said the gesture was a way of appreciating the good things that Mr Wina did for her.

And Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya said the hospital has the capacity to handle major primary and atenantal services.

He said the ministry will dedicate one doctor, two general nurses, three midwives to the Arthur Wina Memorial Hospital, who will work hand in hand to deliver quality services to the mothers and children in Nalolo.

And Western Province Minister Richard Kapita said the province is privildged to be gifted with such a facility that will help cut on the long distances that pregnant mothers, cover.

News Story by

ELIZABETH CHATUVELA

Zambia Daily Mail

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