Our Founder and Executive Director of the Zambian Cancer Society, Udie Soko writes…
“I first knew you as Uncle Rupiah, long before you became President RB. When growing up, I remember visiting your home on several occasions and always being warmly welcomed by late Aunty Hope and yourself. I vividly recall when I was job hunting after graduating from UNZA in 1988 with a degree in Public Administration, you encouraged me to work in public service.
You stated that the experience garnered , would hold me in good stead in service to others in different areas of my life. I eventually found a job with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and worked in the diplomatic service for 11 years. I also set up up the Zambian Cancer Society in 2009 to serve cancer patients and their caregivers irrespective of age, gender or type of cancer. Over the past 35 years I have survived cancer twice. Aunty Thandiwe is a cancer survivor too and has supported me and the Zambian Cancer Society. Aunty Hope and now you Uncle Rupiah, have succumbed to the disease. Though I mourn you, I thank you for being a blessing in my life.
On Saturday 12 March 2022, some of my team members from the Zambian Cancer Society and myself went on a 13 km hike in Kafue with Mwaba Mwila Adventures. Our team which comprised some cancer survivors and caregivers, dedicated the hike in your honour. Uncle Rupiah, you have run your trail blazing race. Thank you for your remarkable service to the country and the world! Rest in peace until we meet again.”