Local Government and Housing Minister Benny Tetamanshimba died in the Lusaka University Teaching Hospital last evening. This is according a news report from local radio station QFM.
Mr.Tetamashimba has been admitted in the intensive care Unit of the country’s University Teaching Hospital (UTH) after he was flown back from South Africa where he went to seek medical treatment.
Government spokesperson Ronnie Shikapwasha confirmed that local government minister Ben Tetamashimba has passed away at 19 hours on Saturday.
On Friday, Chief Government Spokesperson Ronnie Shikapwasha disclosed that Mr. Tetamanshimba was recovering well and urged people in the country to pray for the Minister’s speedy recovery.
“Teta is picking up from his illness. I urge the people of Zambia to pray for the Minister and wish him a speed recovery,” Lt-Gen Shikapwasha said on Friday.
Lt-Gen Shikapwasha also said government would keep updating the nation on the health of Mr. Tetamanshimba.
And the MMD in Southern Province has described the death of Local Government and Housing Minister Ben Tetamashimba as a fundamental loss to the party as it had lost a fearless member.
Southern Province MMD Chairman Solomon Muzyamba said the party in the province was very heartbroken at the passing on of Mr Tetamshimba as he was not only a luminary but also a torchbearer of nationalism in the country.
Mr. Muzyamba said Mr Tetamashimba was a very fearless leader who never hid his true vision and belief irrespective of the consequences to him adding that he always put the nation first in all he said and did.
He said Mr. Tetamashimba will particularly be missed in the MMD where he was a troubleshooter and had the political answer to every political problem.
Mr. Muzyamba noted that Mr Tetamashimba was a friend of many and a pain in the necks of the dishonest adding that he will be greatly missed by all.
And AMICAALL has postponed the 53rd Annual Conference of the Local Government Association of Zambia and the 6th AMICAALL General Assembly.
Local Government Association of Zambia President Charles Mumena said the conference that was scheduled to take place from September 7 to 11th has been postponed to December 7 and 11 of this year following the death of Mr. Tetamashimba.
Mr. Mmumena has since extended the association’s condolences to President Rupiah Banda and the bereaved family on the passing on of Mr Tetamashimba.
Meanwhile, Information and Broadcasting Services Permanent Secretary, Emmanuel Nyirenda has said the funeral gathering for the late Minister of Local Government and Housing Benny Tetamashimba is being held at House Number 345, Independence Avenue, next to the official residence of the Chief Justice Enerst Sakala.