President Edgar Lungu has described the death of Chief Justice Irene Mambilima as heartbreaking.
President Lungu says her loss is a heavy burden on him, Government and on the people of Zambia.
Speaking during a church service held at Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Lusaka Friday, the Head of State said the Nation has in the past month been gripped with shock following the loss of Dr. Kenneth Kaunda.
He said in Justice Mambilima, the country has lost an icon of justice and a leading jurist.
President Lungu said Justice Mambilima served the country with diligence and impeccable integrity for 44 years in both public service and the justice sector.
The president added that a dark cloud is hanging on Zambia as the country has lost great people in a short space of time.
He has commiserated with families that are mourning their loved ones.
President Lungu affirmed that God has not abandoned the country and that He will answer prayers that are being offered.
And Judicial Complaints Authority Chairperson William Nyirenda said the country has lost a pillar in the form of a model for the girl child and justice dispensation.
Meanwhile, Constitutional Court President Justice Hilda Chibomba shared her experience of knowing Justice Mambilima for 20 years and that she was passionate about women’s rights.
And in his tribute, the spouse to Justice Mambilima, Major Joseph Mambilima retired said she was a pillar to him and the family.