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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

UPND’s Sesheke Member of Parliament Dies in South Africa

Headlines UPND's Sesheke Member of Parliament Dies in South Africa

The Late Sesheke Member of Parliament, Hon. Frank Simone Kufakwandi  (C)
The Late Sesheke Member of Parliament, Hon. Frank Simone Kufakwandi (C)

Sesheke Member of Parliament Frank Kufakwandi has died in South Africa where he was being treated for a Cardiac condition.

Government evacuated Mr. Kufwakwandi last month and he has been receiving specialist treatment at Arwyp Medical Centre in Johannesburg.

Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa Emmanuel Mwamba disclosed that Mr. Kufwakwandi died in the early hours of Monday adding that his wife Mrs. Masiliso Kufwakwandi was at the bedside.

Mr. Mwamba said Mr. Kufwakwandi was among Zambian patients evacuated by government to receive specialised treatment in South Africa.

He said he had visited Mr. Kufwakwandi several times at the Hospital and was saddened by his passing as government had hoped that he would overcome his illness.

Mr. Mwamba said details regarding the repatriation of the body will be communicated later.

Mr. Kufwakwandi was the Member of Parliament for Sesheke on the Opposition ticket, the United Party for National Development.

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    • Condolences to the family and upnd at large. So he was taken to South Africa for treatment by the PF government and upnd was quite about it, they never even thanked the government for flying their mp to SA. If the PF government had not taken him hh would have been the first one to point his fingers at the government and cry like a baby. Upnd is a cult party who never know how to appreciate the good but always looking for negatives to gain political mileage. Shame on you upnd. Another seat goes to PF.

    • @1.4 your comments are too much for people mourning. Lets mourn with them even when our political position are not the same. MHSRIP.

    • @1.4
      Musonda Kateule, you are an embarrassment not only to your family in Canada, but to the Zambians back home and in the diaspora.

    • People are dying in foreign countries in search of medical treatment, our men in power are buying jets instead of creating healthy conditions for Zambians so that they are treated at home by Zambians.

      How hard can it think in those terms? GRZ should be guilty about this situation and for doing nothing…..just maseting chabe naba HH.

    • flag Corruption scandals: Social Security Cash Luxury Presidential Jet Ambulances Fire Trucks Mukula Trees Ndola-Lusaka Rd Malawi Maizegate Fuelgate Swaziland landgate Zesco Loans

      @Musonda Kateule, govt uses people’s money (this man’s money) to send these people to South Africa. It is not PF money, please get it in your thick skull. Government is merely a custodian of the people’s money and resources, in a similar way bankers do look after people’s money. They are not doing anyone a favour for them to be thanked, that is their duty and responsibility.

      In any case this just highlights the recklessness of this govt for failing to provide good medical care and services back home. Are they going to be evacuating every sick Zambian to South Africa and India? Where will the money come from?

  1. RIP Hon.MP! I used to hear this name even in UNIP days, could this be the same man?? Is so he had really served in politics for quite a long time. And the name..Kufwakwandi ..like it “It is my death..”!! SAD FOR THE NATION BUT TOO SAD FOR UPND, LOOSING 2 MPs IN LESS THAN 3 MONTHS!!

    • He was Plantations Manager for Industrial Plantations and later became MD for ZAFFICO, when IP was renamed ZAFFICO.

    • @3.1 Dyonko,Thanks for the info. Too bad has died just when debate on ZAFFICO is really heating up!! He could have been a good source of information on the now raging discussions!! MHSRP!!

  2. Condolences to his wife and children if there’s any. It’s a tragic thing to lose the loved one.
    Big up to the govt for being non selective for evacuating the law maker to RSA.

  3. MHSRP, condolences to his family & UPND. let’s not Jock about the death & let’s avoid politics on such serious matters to do with one’s death.

  4. Wishing strength and comfort to the family, MHSRIP. Can cheap politics be put aside at least until the man has been buried?

  5. There can never be a thumbs up for government evacuating notable Zambian patients to RSA let alone to any country for treatment when the majority poor Zambians die needlessly in Zambian hospitals without medicines or medical equipment s. Zambia has enough specialised doctors to treat most ailments within the country. All they need is availability of medicines and equipment s. Late president Sata was being attended to by a Zambian doctor and nursing staff while here in the UK. That’s how we knew here Sata was in the UK for treatment when PF government was hiding that Sata was in India. PF like all other governments should just improve health/hospital management to avail all Zambians better medical facilities not OTHERS being evacuated while majority poor can not even be checked for blood…

    • @MunaDekhane, I think you have been away from Zambia for too long. Whether these politicians get evacuated to RSA, India, UK etc, when the grim reaper is at their door there is not escape. People get evacuated for peace of mind or desperation other than UTH not being able to check their blood. It medical tourism.

    • @kci, typical mindset of the Zambian who does not realize that EVERY Zambian should be treated EQUALLY by the govt. “People get evacuated for peace of mind or desperation other than UTH not being able to check their blood.” Whose peace of mind?!? And at who’s expense? Every Zambian’s expense including your own. Sit down!
      Not the place for such comments and may he RIP.

    • Its amazing how dumb and self serving you Under 5 cadres can be. For you the PF or any government must not do anything about anything… they must not care for the sick, never build roads, clinics, stadiums, dams, airports, bridges, schools and universities, never look for money to push the country forward, the president must not leave state house, no ministers should talk or travel at all. In fact if it was up to you the government must just sit and beg for mercy from you, because it does not meet your individual selfish desires. No even HH will make Zambia better or equal to SA or India today, it takes time and sacrifice, which you Chaps are never willing to give but to only insult and criticise those who are doing something about the Zed situation

    • Condolences to the bereaved family. My deepest sympathy to them. I agree with some factors you raise in regards to the plight of our doctors and hospitals..

  6. This time the UPND did not boycott government sending their MP to RSA. It is interesting how UPND selectively boycotts occasions. They never boycott pay rises for their MPs. They never boycott bonuses but they stay away from other events that has no Financial benefits to their party. RIP Mr “My own death”. What a name.

    • I am actually waiting to hear an outcry from UPND zealots on Govt wasting taxpayers money evacuating politicians (like late Hon. Kufakwandi) to SA. Let’s also hear Kambwili shout out loud on Govt’s recklessness.

    • It is because Zambians of this day and age are docile, they only get excited for they rich, not their own good. That is what happens when you have a majority uneducated population. Zambia was highly educated in the Kunda even Chiluba days. Reason we got multiparty to pass. These days HH is a hero to some, even when he sold their future for dirt cheap. Him and that Chiluba character.

  7. South African hospitals should stop accepting these Zambian patients in their hospitals. It will create a bad name for their hospitals that they are a death lounge. All of us are entitled to be evacuated abroad except that majority of us are commoners without VIP tags. Just what do we lack in our local hospitals? Equipment? Specialists? Anyway rest in peace honorable MP

    • @Chendabwamba you have a brain of an insect. Do you know how many “common” Zambians are treated here in RSA everyday at the expense of the Zambian and RSA Governments…please grow a human brain it will serve you better

    • Anyway if it is your time then it is your time. Money will NEVER buy life. It is not necessary to call each other names. We are on this forum to educate one another. There’s no one who knows everything

    • Actually I have discovered that those cases treated Zambia have been successful as compared to the evacuees. If we can transplant international organs and separate conjoined twins how can we fail to treat a simple high blood pressure. KK used to get his treatment at UTH and is still alive. At one time the Unip government refused to allow Harry Nkumbula to go overseas for treatment.

  8. Rest in peace Hon.Kufwakwandi and please UPND and his family accept my heartfelt condolences!!!
    He looks old though which is a reminder that our political parties should be adopting young and energetic people.Yes,we need experience,but it is high time us young ones were supported by political parties.
    MPs such Dr.Wachinga,Prof.Lungwangwa,etc should retire!!

    • Njimbu,

      It’s not just experience which matters. Your stock of knowledge also matters a lot.For example, Dr. Wanchinga is an accomplished research biologist with an international reputation. Can you replace him purely on the basis of support from a political party or because you are younger and more energetic? It took Dr. Wanchinga years of scholarly research activity to be where he is. Can you match his scholarly achievements in order to replace him?This is major failing of most of the younger generation who erroneously believe they can replace any older person. You better work for it first first!

    • It’s not just experience which matters. Your stock of knowledge also matters a lot.For example, Dr. Wanchinga is an accomplished research biologist with an international reputation. Can you replace him purely on the basis of support from a political party or because you are younger and more energetic? It took Dr. Wanchinga spent years of scholarly research activity to be where he is. Can you match his scholarly achievements in order to replace him?This is major failing of most of the younger generation who erroneously believe they can replace any older person. You better work for it first first!

    • Njimbu on this one I tend to disagree with you. ..Zambia or Africa has failed because among many reasons is your suggestion that the eminent persons should retire. ..please we need what’s in their heads not in their bodies. The other one is the disregard of what one can do because we think they are not adequately educated. ..here what should be done is avail to such talent the means of advancement should their education not allow them to practice. The “pioneer ” of heart transplant was a mere lab assistant but becaus the surgeon he was assistant to listened to him the operation was made possible.

  9. MHSRIEP.
    Now read on:

    “Mr. Mwamba said Mr. Kufwakwandi was among Zambian patients evacuated by government to receive specialised treatment in South Africa.”

    Comments: 1. So trib.al Hacks allows his MPs to work with the government of the day when it suits their individual interests and not the interests of the electorate?
    2. Just look at the mid term gratuity too. The trib.alist upnd made noise about the increase in the Presidential wages, while conveniently remaining silent that this was a general payrise for all Members of Parliament including the opposition parties and the trib.al upnd.
    3. And we were told lies that the trib.al party MPs will boycott budget debate in parliament, have you seen the tri.bal idoits do that? No!!! Because their mid term gratuity is in that same…

  10. 3. And we were told lies that the trib.al party MPs will boycott budget debate in parliament, have you seen the tri.bal idoits do that? No!!! Because their mid term gratuity is in that same PF budget.

    And you trib.al fo.ols in upnd want to stand on top of the mountain with your trib.al Hacks pontificating about you will care for the common man, reduce poverty, protect Zambia from the chinese, riot, fight corruption (hehehe! With GBM as vice trib.alist and chief corruption hehehe).

  11. And now upnd has a law breaker and riot consultant as their leader? What a fall from grace! Wasn’t this tge trib.al Hacks who used to be called economic manager? Now they have abandoned the term, and timely too for how can any sane Zambian even consider trib.al Hacks as an alternative leader for the majority sane Zambians?

  12. Indeed we should improve the health sector so that those who go to seek treatment abroad or over seas can do it out of choice if our hospitals would be on the same level as those abroad. Also some people want to be treated abroad because of the friendly environment and staff. Also they want privacy, so that only close family are there during visiting hour no crowding.Last but not least it’s God who has predetermined how and where a person will die. Read 1Kings22: 37-38, that King Ahab died in battle in Arameans and was brought back to his country, Samaria where he was buried just as the LORD had declared. MHSRIP.

  13. Death is the creator’s (JAH) appointment with you and me which is never postponed.

    Clean and pure heart is all Jah requires of us. Jah alone knows the date and time.

    R.I.P law maker.

  14. RIP Sir.
    Let us be cautious about some foreign Clinics.
    We have the human resource, equipment and government will.

    You know that KK refuses to be taken out. Bring the Specialists medics here.

    • Agreed with the Zambian, it would work out cheaper since s/he would see more patients and there would be a transfer of skills. Government should sort out the issue of equipment and medicines

  15. This is about government offering to evacuate someone whose family I presume accepted. How would the UPND stop that? In the broader scheme of things, they are still free to criticise the policy on the basis that we need to shape up or own health services in all areas that need the same – personnel, equipment, relevant structures, quality etc. I don’t see the conflict

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