His Excellency the President, Mr. Rupiah Banda, has sent a message of condolences to the family of the late former Prime Minister and Freedom Fighter Elijah Mudenda. In a letter to Mrs. Thombizine Mudenda, President Banda said: ?I have learnt with deep sadness the demise of your dear husband, Mr. Elijah Mudenda. On behalf of my family, the people of Zambia and indeed on my own behalf, I wish to convey our deepest sincere condolences to you Mrs. Mudenda, the children and the whole family. President Banda said the death of Mr. Mudenda is indeed tragic not only to the family but to the whole nation of Zambia. I have personally known Mr. Mudenda for so many years during our political career. The late Mr. Mudenda was such a vibrant freedom fighter and a national leader who contributed immensely to the Independence and development of this country. He was such an inspiration during our days of freedom struggle and subsequent Independence. I shall truly miss him. President Banda wished the deceased family, God’s comfort during this period of mourning.