ONE of the longest and surviving freedom fighter in Eastern Province Sylvia Msoka Chembe has died aged 110.
Her granddaughter Josephine Chembe confirmed the death of her grandmother yesterday.
“Mama Sylvia Msoka Chembe passed on,” Ms Chembe said.
She died at Minga Mission Hospital in Petauke after a short illness.
And Eastern Province Permanent Secretary Chanda Kasolo has expressed shock with the death of one of the freedom fighters in the province.
Mr Kasolo said it was devastating for the province to have lost such charismatic woman who fought for freedom in the country.
“It is really devastating to have lost such charismatic woman and one of the freedom fighter in the province,” he said.
Ms Chembe said in Petauke that she was born at Kalela village in Senior Chief Kalindawalo on 22nd October in 1905 and participated in the freedom struggle together with Julia Chikamoneka and Mama Chibesa Kankasa.
In 2013, in Kitwe late president Michael Sata decorated her with the Champion Order of Freedom in the First Division.