Former Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives Mundia Sikatana has passed away.
University Teaching Hospital (UTH) public relations manager Pauline Mbangweta confirmed Mr Sikatana’s death.
Ms Mbangweta said Mr Sikatana died on Thursday around 22:00 hours following an illness.
“He was brought here (UTH) on 12th June (2012) and was admitted in our main ICU (Intensive Care Unit) where he died around 22:15 hours on Thursday),” she said.
During then President Levy Mwanawasa’s reign, Mr Sikatana, a lawyer by profession, was appointed as Agriculture and Co-operatives Minister in 2002 and in 2006 after his re-lection as Head of State, Dr Mwanawasa appointed him as Foreign Affairs Minister, but was later that same year relieved of his duties for what the President attributed to as his (Mr Sikatana’s) declining health.
Meanwhile, Foundation for Democratic Process (FODEP) has described the death of the organisation’s founding president and its trustee Fostone Sakala as shocking.
FODEP president Shepherd Chilombe said during a media briefing in Lusaka that the country had been robbed of a father, democrat and mentor whose services and elderly advice would greatly be missed.
Mr Chilombe, in his message of condolence to the bereaved family on behalf of FODEP, said Rev Sakala would be remembered for, among other things, his contribution to the formation of FODEP and dedication to its cause until his death on Wednesday at the UTH.