Minister of Local Government, Vincent Mwale has said that the late Lusaka Mayor, Wilson Kalumba had continued discharging his duties despite being unwell and on medication for sometime.
In a statement released to the media confirming the death of the Mayor, the Minister said that the Mayor, who was 54, died around 11:40 hours this morning.
“It is with a heavy heart that I wish to announce the passing on of the Mayor of Lusaka Mr Wilson Kalumba who passed on around 11:40 hours this morning here at the UTH. He was brought in around 06:00 hours,” the Minister said.
“We will continue to inform the nation from time to time about the arrangements for the funeral. We wish his family, friends and the Lusaka City Council sincere condolences,” Mr. Mwale said.
Meanwhile, UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema has expressed sadness over the death of Lusaka Mayor Wilson Kalumba.
In a message posted on his Facebook page, Mr Hichilema said the death of Mr Kalumba has saddened the party.
“We would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family of the late Lusaka Mayor, His Worship, Wilson Kalumba. His untimely death has saddened us and we wish the family God’s strength in this trying moment,” Mr Hichilema said.
He added, “We also send our sincere condolences to our colleagues in the PF party and citizens in the entire great City of Lusaka on this untimely loss. In times like this, we must all look to God for his Grace and mercies.”