Opposition Movement for Multi-Party Democracy (MMD) Solwezi West Constituency Member of Parliament (MP) Humphrey Mwanza has died.
Mr. Mwanza died this morning in the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) in Lusaka after a short illness.
Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini announced the death of Mr Mwanza in parliament this morning.
Dr. Matibini regretted the death of Mr Mwanza saying the House would greatly miss his contributions during parliament debates.
“I wish to inform this august House that Hon. Humphrey Mwanza, the MP for Solwezi West is dead. The late Mr. Mwanza died this morning in the UTH after a short illness. Members will recall that the late Hon. Mwanza will greatly be missed not only his bereaved family but this House as a whole,” Dr. Matibini said.
The late Mr. Mwanza a Human Resource Officer by profession, was born on 22 April, 1949.
He was first elected to the National Assembly in 2006 and was re-elected in 2011 until his untimely death.
Mr Mwanza is known for giving the executive a tough time by lobbying government to develop his constituency.
Mr Mwanza is the second Member of Parliament to die in a space of two months after the death of Patriotic Front (PF) Member of Parliament for Bangweulu Chifita Matafwali on died on 21st May, 2015.
Meanwhile, MMD President Nevers Mumba says the party is shocked and saddened by the death of its Member of Parliament for Solwezi West, Humphrey Mwanza who died in the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) this morning after a short illness.
In a statement to ZANIS in Lusaka today, Dr Mumba confirmed that Mr Mwanza passed away in the UTH in the early hours of today.
Dr Mumba regretted that Mr Mwanza has died at a time when the party needed him the most adding that the Solwezi West MP in the last three weeks had been instrumental in ensuring that unity is advanced and celebrated in the MMD.
Dr Mumba said the late Mr Mwanza provided exceptional leadership in his constituency and considered personal sacrifice for his constituents and the party as his foremost obligation.
“I will personally miss his valued moments with me as we discussed matters regarding his constituency and the country. He was a passionate debater in Parliament and will be missed by all his colleagues in the House”, said Dr Mumba.
The MMD President said the party however remained confident that the God of mercy will keep Mr Mwanza’s family in the everlasting grip of His hands.
“On behalf of the MMD, I convey our deepest condolences to the family and assure them of our prayers and support during this difficult hour”, said Dr Mumba.
Mr Mwanza has been MMD MP for Solwezi West since 2006.