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Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Government should have insisted on evacuating Kunda – Chipungu

Feature Politics Government should have insisted on evacuating Kunda - Chipungu

Former Vice President George KundaFormer Sports Minister Kenneth Chipungu says Government should have insisted on evacuating late former republican president George Kunda to South Africa for specialized treatment despite his refusal.

Mr Chipungu who is Rufunsa Member of Parliament says Mr.Kunda’s wish to remain at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) should have been ignored stating that when people are in pain, they are bound to make any decisions.

He said it would have been better for a decision to be made based on the seriousness of his illness and not his wish to be treated at UTH.

Mr. Chipungu has however described the late former vice president as a leader who was diligently committed to serving the country.

And MMD Lusaka province chairman William Banda has noted that the death of Mr. Kunda has left a gap in the MMD.

Mr. Banda has however urged the MMD members to remain united and ensure that they mourn the former vice president with dignity and in a peaceful manner.

He has since urged the MMD parliamentarians to emulate the Late Muchinga parliamentarian by offering checks and balances fearlessly to the ruling Patriotic Front.

And ADD leader Charles Milupi says Mr. Kunda had been very useful to the opposition and the MMD because he was able to use his legal expertise to quickly identify the constitution flaws by the PF government.

Mr. Milupi says the works of Mr. Kunda under late president Levy Mwanawasa deserve recognition despite the few questions that surround his performance as Justice Minister under the Rupiah Banda administration.

Meanwhile people from all walks of life today thronged Mulungushi international conference centre to pay their last respects to Mr. Kunda who died of severe anemia on Monday at UTH.

Among the notable figures that paid their last respects include Chieftainess Nkomeshya Mukamambo of Chongwe, defence Minister Geoffrey Mwamba and his deputy Colonel Panji Kaunda.

Others included ADD leader Charles Milupi with his party members and other MMD officials.

Former republican vice president George Kunda who died on Monday at the University Teaching hospital will be put to rest on Friday, 20th April at the Leopards Hill Memorial Park at 12:00 hours.

Secretary to the Cabinet Evans Chibiliti said the burial of Mr Kunda who was at the time of his death Muchinga MMD Member of Parliament will be preceded by a church service at the Cathedral of the Child Jesus in Longacres.

President Michael Sata has declared three days of national morning in honour of the late former republican vice president.

[QFM]

92 COMMENTS

  1. Chipungu shut your mouth. How many evacuated politicians have lived? As long as politicians get better healthcare on the expense of other Zambians, none of them will live. Even if they go to the best hospital in the world

    It is a curse and it will not be lifted until every Zambian has access to good healthcare.

  2. There is nothing I hate than Zambian names

    Nick, James Paul are 2 of Nick’s brothers good names not Chipungu I almost had a seizure pronouncing that

    Thanks

    • you are probably not a true and loyal Zambian. Its not about the name, its about the personality. Please put your thoughts and words together in a mature and sensible way! Seizure??? …Then you need deliverance!

    • Webo ka mushota, kwashalafye inshiku shibili, walalya mu ng’ungulu. I have come across imbeciles before, but you little bitch beats them all. I think the keeper is right. Your mama must have dropped you on your head at birth.

  3. You can’t force someone who is half dead to seek treatment!!! Kunda knew he didn’t have long to go. Let him rest in peace now.

  4. This issue of evacuating politicians to South Africa, should come to any end. if these guys, starting dying in UTH, then the Govt will be serious with improving the health institutions in Zambia. 

  5. whats this rubbish about “evacuation”.ama Zambians ubupuba.Everyone should go to UTH. MPs Kaboyis and there relatives should all pay for treatment,Thats why local hospitals are left to rot cos the people charged with improving them dont use them

  6. Chipungu,how does a minister speak like that,just showing your emptiness for nothing,improve your own and let those come here for medical care.do you know how may medical equipments we lack in this country can be bought from the money used to send one politician abroad.

    • Mwewa Derick I do agree with you if they think UTH is good enough why do they run away to South Africa? Why not improve their own Hospitals? Who do they expect to die in UTH if themselves are not ok with the standards? There is enough money to improve our hospitals, and the money they spend on one person for treatment in SA an equipment can be bought. RIP bwana George Kunda.

  7. Chipungu!Don’t make useless statements..What evacuation are you talking about?It is important to discern well before speaking.All of us have done Medical Ethics.Don’t think you know everything.

  8. Evacuating a person with Aids and negative Cd COUNT and waste Tax payers money,i think Chipungu you being Stupid!

  9. chipungu should shut up if he has nothing to say, he wants to start playing politics. what a douche bag!  

  10. Mr Chipungu, There is no point in evacuating people when they are end stage. All you do is provide comfort care and keep them pain free. The University Teaching Hospital personnel are capable of providing that. Let evacuations be for individuals who will benefit and live longer not for those who have been told that there is nothing more that can be done for them. Bottom line…work at improving the medical services in Zambia.

  11. It was even a lot of respect to take him to UTH. We should have driven the mobile hospital to his home to see how effective these hospitals they spent so much money on worked. On the other hand we have received so many body bags of late from SA which is an indication that SA is a waste of money. We should focus on spending tax payers money on improving our facilities not like the way GK did spending so much on corrupt failed constitution and Liato in his back yard. I am sure GK left plenty of stolen money that could not use to buy him a new life. Do not blame GRZ on this

    • kci good thinking….they should have demonstrated the mobile hospital on him since he was in support. anyway may God forgive the role he played if at all he did.

  12. Chipungu,
    You mbwas are so used to being looked after by the Zambian people. Wake up bro, it’s a new party in power. Your days of Morningside tours are gone forever. Kunda amassed a lot of money. Why didn’t he take himself to RSA for treatment? Utter say iwe kawalala, tathopa naimwe! Build better hospitals not mobile fimo-fimos which RB bought. Mwaona manje ka!

  13. Chipungu, GK had family members and a wife who could have insisted, not government. Besides Kunda had money to take him to any hospital in the world. Don’t think he cared more for cash than his life. UTH was giving him the best help, may be better than SA.

  14. I hope Chipungu will be lobbying Mr Chikwanda for an increase in the MOH budget for the good of the poorest person in his constituency. Let us be proud of our country by working hard to improve the lot of the less privileged . Not wise to politic abt every issue.

  15. The way I hear about it he would have then died in South Africa, they don’t have a treatment for that thing anywhere in the world. In Switzerland they recycle entire bloodstream at cost of millions of dollars, but it’s just delaying things, the end is still the same. Anyway RIP and let people not politicise it please

  16. Another EMOTIONAL OUTBURST by a foo!

    Why did this idio+ give his own money to take Kunda there if he cared that much??

  17. This guy was also a minister few months ago te??? Bloody parasites these fools can be. Infact GK could have evacuated himself by the way, he wasnt broke in any case. If you think wen you fall ill from those bandits you slaughter at parliament motel everyday, then we shall pity you n evacuate you, bwana forget.

  18. PEOPLE CAN SAY A LOT WHEN DEATH HAPPENS. DID CHIPUNGU KNOW WHAT MR KUNDA WAS SUFFERING FROM?
    WHO SHOULD DIE IN ZAMBIA? NOT POLITICIANS WHO STEAL AND STEAL WITHOUT MERCY. MHRIP

  19. Good evening

    With all form of respect to the deceased, this statement from the former Sports Minister cannot be left standing.

    Mr Chipungu should know that when we have our leadership being flown overseas for medical treatment, it tells us that things are not well. Every Zambian is entitled to primary health care and if the leadership cannot work towards instilling confidence in the local health system, then we have a big problem.

  20. Dear  ex minister,
    First of all, severe anemia is not a diagnosis but a manifestation of another disease. UTH is capable of treating severe anemia. Patients are evacuated only if they have a good chance of survival with treatment that is not available at UTH. If prognosis is poor, going to SA is a waste of money. Next time, do some research before going public, even just using google will make u knowledgable. 

  21. Do health professionals respect the right of a patient to refuse treatment in Zambia?This ex Minister in trying to attract attention to himself during a time of mourning (as is the trend in high profile funerals in Zambia)has just shown us the worst type of ignorance.

  22. Imagine this Kenneth Chipungu was a minister in Zambia! The damage he has done to the country must be immeasurable. These are the chaps who like Malawians would rather waste government meagre resources to fly a corpse to South Africa or to Joshua of Nigeria for a so called “second opinion”. So in matters where someone is still alive, their only way of thinking is “evacuate for specialist treatment” even when it is a clearly lost course like that of Kunda or Sata. These are the chaps who have for years neglected funding the UTH, let them kick the bucket their as redemption for their stinking sins.

  23. Its known in the medical profession that a patient has the right to refuse treatment. Therefore the refusal by the late republican vice president Mr. G. Kunda (MHSRIEP) was within his rights.
    I must hasten to mention here that evacuation is not a medal condition as perceived by many Zambian politicians.
    We need to improve our local medical facilities to plug this drain on our meager resources.

  24. Chipungu is right.Only those with chicken brains would forget Sata’s comment when FTJ passed on.

  25. It’s rather late to start talking about that. I suggest that UTH standards are UPPED so that we who can’t afford to be evacuated or who insist on being treated at UTH get the services locally.

    South Africa as some blogger mentioned should not be synonym to “medical treatment for politicians”.

  26. Picture yaba Kunda, expression kwati ifintu pamubili filekalipa, his health started deteriorating in Jesus’ time.

  27. Chi Chipungu waba ichilishina ububi kwati nipa menso ya bull dog. Evacuation yakwisa? Mwanya mwakulafwafye imisakalala. SA or no SA when your time comes kuya bebele. With due respect sincere condolences to the Kunda family. It should have been chi CHIPUNGU to die. Ugly witch.

  28. Ba Chipungu shuwa, is this an issue you can honestly bring up now? I mean, seriously? The man was not evacuated to SA because it was not necessary. He was in a “VIP” section of UTH where VIPs are usually taken. Mr Kunda was already receiving the necessary treatment at UTH that he would’ve otherwize recieved in SA. Moreover, it’s not up to GRZ to evacuate people to SA. If there’s a need, even you could’ve evacuated Kunda to SA provided you paid the bill. In addition, Kunda could’ve afforded to pay for his own evacuation if he felt the need to go to SA. Bottom line is, it was Kunda’s time to go. Nothing would’ve changed his fate. Now, talk about more important issues and let GK rest in peace, please! In KK’s words – stupit *****.

  29. Ba Chipungu shuwa, is this an issue you can honestly bring up now? I mean, seriously? The man was not evacuated to SA because it was not necessary. He was in a “VIP” section of UTH where VIPs are usually taken. Mr Kunda was already receiving the necessary treatment at UTH that he would’ve otherwize recieved in SA. Moreover, it’s not up to GRZ to evacuate people to SA. If there’s a need, even you could’ve evacuated Kunda to SA provided you paid the bill. In addition, Kunda could’ve afforded to pay for his own evacuation if he felt the need to go to SA. Bottom line is, it was Kunda’s time to go. Nothing would’ve changed his fate. Now, talk about more important issues and let GK rest in peace, please! In KK’s words – schupit *****.

  30. Ba LT Moderator…with all dues respect, stop this nonsense if holding my posts hostage. What the hell man?

  31. I was reading the zambian post online and I saw a picture of the first lady and her son who looks as if he is GAY. He has man boobs and he looks like a typical Zambian girl.The boy is in a wrong body.

  32. which class of people MUST DIE at UTH?commoners like us? Chipungu ask yourself a simple question, when a south african minister gets sick, which country are they evacuated to? should evacuation be your preoccupation or you must go to parley and ask for more funding to improve health care in your constituency to start with. shame on you, doom on you

  33. iwe chipungu, have you forgotten so easily that we had tetamashimba? he was evacuated by MMD but the southafrican clinic morning side sent him away and. did you question why they sent him back to zed? all you want is ordinary people to die poor while you fatten your account with tax payers money

  34. Why do you like talking too much, do you think by evacuating him to other countries would have served his life? i dont think so because his time had come just as it will come for you, whether we will evacuate you to america you will still surely die. so why blame the government of the day? the late princes was evacuated to south africa, she wasnt saved. so let us talk something that makes sense.

  35. WHEN PEOPLE ARE IN POWER THEY FEEL THEY ARE ABOVE THE LAW. THEY GET DRUNK WITH POWER SUCH THAT THEY DONT EVEN BORTHER TO LOOK AT THE STATES OF HOSPITALS, SCHOOLS, PRISONS,BEACUSE THEY SEND THEIR CHILDREN TO PRIVATE SCHOOLS, GO FOR TREATMENT OUTSIDE ZAMBIA, NEVER THINK THAT ONE DAY THEY WILL VISTE A PRISON, LOOK NOW WHAT IS HAPPENING IF KUNDA HAD LOOKED INTO THESE ISSUES WHEN HE WAS IN POWER SERVICES WOULD HAVE IMPROVED. BESIDES THE MAN HAD MONEY WHY NOT USE IT FOR HIS TREATMENT IN S.A ? BESIDES HIS ILLNESS HAD NO TREATMENT AIDS IS AIDS WHETHER YOU ARE VIC PRESIDENT, PRISEDENTOR MINISTER .STATUS WILL NEVER CHANGE.THERE IS NO MONEY TO WASTE SENDING POEPLE WITH HIV/AIDS TO SA WHEN THERE IS NO CURE FOR IT. LET THE MAN REST IN PEACE. SO CHIPUNGU COME TO YOUR SENSES AIDS IS AIDS FULL STOP.

  36. Ba Chipungu the problem is that most of you politicians think you do not need God!! Even in the best of hospitals if your appointment with death has you will go.

  37. Ba Chipungu the problem is that most of you politicians think you do not need God!! Even in the best of hospitals if your appointment with death has come you will go.

  38. Since we failed to send the GK to SA, we can send his body to all provinces so people can mourn properly.

    Chipungu has offered to foot the bill. Personally

  39. Kashi whats wrong with Mr Chipungu.He thinks its great honour to die in South Africa than Zambia? Do people not die in South Africa? Mr Chipungu you must be talking of improving medical care at home not dreaming of South Africa.Mr Kunda was a learned person and new he had reached end of road thats why he asked for prayers not going to RSA where he was and his condition was explained to him fully.Doctors explain fully ones prognosis which Kunda new.Not everything is treatable. Don’t waste our time Mr CHIPUNGU and your ignorance

  40. this guy is a fool you mean our relatives who are dying at uth are useless.why didn’t you as mmd chaps build this uth to the modern standard .gk deserves to die at uth cause they thought that they will be in power forever hence they thought uth is only for us the poor.but thanx God he has shown the remaining politician that oneday they will see how special uth is .

  41. I cannot expect such sentiments from a honourable member of parliament! In South Africa, in Zambia or anywhere else if it is ones time death can still strike. Mr. Chipungu, you are just trying to bring about confusion over the passing on of Honourable Kunda MHSRIP. I can suggest you remain mute over the matter!!!!!

  42. I think the GRZ should stop this nosense of evacuating patients (politicians) down south. Thats when they will think of improving the health system pa zed. The whole health system is rotten. From kaywala rural health centre in sesheke to the highest referral health institution in Zambia which is UTH

  43. And this crap of declaring national mourning every time some elite dies should come to an end. Its only in africa and in particular zambia where such is tolerated. Lets not forget that the entertainment and sports industries suffer a great deal during such periods of national mourning. Stop it please because this is tantamount to imposing a bereavement on all citizens.

  44. IWE CHIPUNGU,HOW MUCH MONEY DID KUNDA STEAL WHICH HE WOULD HAVE USED TO IMROVE OUR HEALTH SYSTEM IN OUR HOSPITALS? IF YOU DO NOT CHANGE THE WAY YOU CONDUCT YOUR POLITICS YOU WILL DIE AT KANYAMA CLINIC. NOMORE EVACUATIONS”

  45. we all shall die declare our Lord God its appointed for every person to die once and there after judgement. let us all be ready but especially our leaders who we have given power to establish good health institutions but to no avail.God is God rich poor handsome tall he has time for everyone

  46. You have all talked with one voice and I agree that people should face death or treatment in their own country to understand what everyone else goes through. However, what is it they say about a person in mourning? For this reason, don’t blame the guy. He’s morning his dear friend and believes that SA intervention would have saved him. Just like we believe that improving hospital facilities in Zambia will serve a lot of lives.

    Ine nalanda kwena epompelele.

    RIP!

  47. CHIPUNGU START ORGANISING FOR EQUIPMENT WITH YOUR FELLOWS FOR WE AS ZAMBIANS ARE BANING ALL SO CALLED EVACUATIONS.IF YOU WANT TO BE EVACUATED,USE YOU MONEY,SOME OF THE POLITICIANS HAVE A LOT OF ANACCOUNTED FOR MONEY BUT BECAUSE THEY ARE GREEDY,THEY WILL DIE WAITING FOR TAX PAYERS MONEY FOR EVACUATION TO HELL.FOOLISH.

  48. iwe chi chipungu we shilu! inga balanda abafwilu mu UTH NCH; KCH; KGH, tebantu mwa?get all the people who in UTH to south Africa all annimals are equal….choose what to say upange shina apashili….you always wish ukunina indeka nelyo afwile.

  49. Infact evacuating any patient outside the country should be viewed as a shame and not an achievement.Chipungu simply wants to be stupid.We just had a VIP Princess Nakatindi who was evacuated but but still kicked the bucket,what can Chipungu tell us about that? 

  50. Kwena nakupapa sana chipungu. Uli mpelwa amano. Shiki ni shiki and there is no cure for AIDS. The former VP did the right thing by refusing because he knew he was going to die anyway. And this evacuation mentality has to stop. Every Zambian’s life is just as sacred as yours iwe chipungu. Instead of building castles in the air, go back to parliament and request more funding to improve healthcare for all, not just a few of you selfish criminals. Leka tuloshe ba kunda in peace you ignoramus.

  51. GK has died a hero and will always be remembered by well meaning Zambian citizens more so that he died in his mother country, in a place where thousands of the under privileged citizens die, and poor mothers deliver on the floors.MHSRIP. Lets stop politicizing someone’s death because no one is immortal here on earth.

  52. GK has died a hero and will always be remembered by well meaning Zambian citizens more so that he died in his mother country, in a place where thousands of the under privileged citizens die, and poor mothers deliver on the floors.MHSRIP. Lets stop politicking here, its someone’s death. LETS HAVE A HUMAN HEART because no one is immortal here on earth.

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