Kuchunga Simusamba, aged 44 who served as UPND deputy Secretary General, died yesterday evening at UTH where he was admitted for a heart condition.
He was hospitalized for some time and on Wednesday police officers almost prevented UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema from visiting him at the hospital.
Simusamba will be remembered as one of the brilliant minds in the opposition. He was an avid and prolific speaker and also a brilliant chess player. Kuchunga Simusamba was the winner of the 2014 Golden Jubilee Veterans Chess Gala.
UPND President Hakainde Hichilema posted the following statement to announce the top official’s death
My fellow citizens, it’s with grief and sorrow that I announce the passing of Edwin Kuchunga Simusamba, our Deputy Secretary General until his death.
This is a tragedy colleagues because Simusamba was one of our prolific politicians in UPND. He was fearless and very intelligent. He was a strategist that will be missed by us all.
We have been left in awe again, as you recall we lost Mr Chibwe a few months ago and now Simusamba.
To his family, we pass our heartfelt condolences and wish them God’s grace as they go through this difficult time. We are feeling helpless at this moment, but knowing that God is with us during this trying time, is comfort enough to face what is coming ahead.
Go well comrade, till we meet again. May Your Soul Rest In Peace.