Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Roland Msiska dies of COVID-19 Complications

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FORMER Secretary to the Cabinet and head of the Zambia Atomic Energy Agency, Roland Msiska has died. Mr. Msiska has been battling with Covid-19 the last few weeks.

He died on Wednesday afternoon at Levy Mwanawasa Teaching Hospital Covid-19 Centre.

Since February 2019, he has been Director General of the Zambian Atomic Energy Agency (ZAMATOM). Dr. Misiska served as Secretary to Cabinet from 2012-2019.

Prior to his appointment in 2012, he served as Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet responsible for Civil Service Reforms, a post that was preceded by the role of Permanent Secretary for the Public Service Management Division.

Msiska was a medical doctor and held a master’s degree in healthcare from the Royal Tropical Institute in the Netherlands and is a medical practitioner with bachelor’s degrees in medicine and surgery from the University of Zambia.

He also served in various positions in healthcare and as Project Director for the United Nations Development Programme and Executive Director at the Namibian Institute of Public Administration.

He was a consultant to the World Bank, the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the United Nations, and the UN World Health Organization (WHO).

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  1. Those who went to TZ for the sending off of the stubborn TZ leader who did not following covid-19 health guidelines are super spreaders that were vaccinated secretly. They dont care for the saftey of other Zambian citizens as long as their stomachs are full and have sacks of money hidden away

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  2. So what is this government doing about vaccinations?

    Vaccines are the only true way to beat COVID and open the economy again. Other than politicking, last we heard the Minister of Health was “preparing” Zambia for the third wave. Without vaccines, he may as well be getting ready for the fourth, fifth, and sixth waves… running around like a headless chicken before eventually dropping dead. This is not how people should live or how economies need to work. Not even a “new normal” economy whatever that means.

    If PF can’t produce a credible plan for vaccinations, they have no right to form the next government.

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  3. This news has really shocked me and when I got that call I couldn’t move for few minutes. Oh jehovah why? Guide us please and wash us in your blood. I pray for healing. Condolences to the family. A great intelligent man has been lost. What a great loss to our country. We put everything in your hands oh jehovah

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  4. VERY SAD NEWS FOR HIS FAMILY INDEED
    HE OBVIOUSLY WASNT INCLUDED IN THE INNER CIRCLE WHO HAVE HAD THEIR VACCINE
    SHAMEFUL REALLY

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  5. Condolences to the Musiska family – May the Lord comfort the family as they mourn the loss of a husband, father, son and our brother in the Lord. We draw comfort that as we lament at his departure from us, we are full of hope as our bother was truly in Lord while with us, Romans 8: 38-39.

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  6. “Since February 2019, he has been Director General of the Zambian Atomic Energy Agency (ZAMATOM).”

    Another one who has been enjoying free salary in a pointless entity created by these reckless thieves.

    MHSRIP

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  7. Another one bites the dust. Lungu doesn’t even have the decency to go and beg for vaccine or put in a structure to procure vaccine. Instead the thief is busy distributing millions of cash and gifts whilst people are dieing due to COVID.

    I pray may the Almighty send his punishment in the form of COVID to lungu and his minions.

    Illness does not bring death, it is death that brings illness

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  8. What is wrong with Journalists today everyone is extremely lazy ..I mean there is no mention of age, number of children or family left behind in the article

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  9. Read the man’s credentials then turn to the Zambian health sector performance! So he served professionally as recognized away from his home country which assigned him public administrative duties! I wonder how many more Zambians with similar credentials are out there honored elsewhere in their professionalism yet disregarded to serve at home! Anyway the country lacks resources to sustain them. Sad for Dr. Msiska to succumb to covid when Zambians are being told the pandemic is under control.

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  10. When is Lungu going to die kanshi? This is not right. The one we don’t need is the one that isn’t dying. Not good. Mwe lesa twafweniko.

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  11. So his area was the medical field? No wonder why he brought a lot of poverty in the civil service. Why bring a medical practitioner in the civil service?

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  12. Rest in Peace Dr. Msiska. A true patriot who really strived to change the Civil Service and the attitudes of Civil Servants towards work. He led by example, what he preached is what he practiced. A committed Christian. You definitely run your race. MYSRIJ.

  13. So he was a medical doctor and among other things sat on some WHO board , so why didn’t he wake up and understand the dangers of Covid19 , and practiced what he preached of waring a mask and staying out of large groups and shaking hands, instead of believing that God will protect you , because its not going to happen.

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  14. Zambians need to wake up and take this Covid-19 very seriously, people are perishing at the expense of disregarding the laid down safety measures. Look at what these PF thugs are doing on the copperbelt, Lusambo especially and he is walking freely without even being cautioned by the police who a few months ago were beating and harassing people to respect the same rules Lusambo and his friends are breaking. Dr Msiska will be greatly missed and MHSRIP!

  15. This is indeed a very sad development. Dr Msiska served this nation, Africa and the world at large well. God gave and God has taken. May His name be forever praised. Roland is gone to be in the bosom of his Saviour, whom he served well. A life well lived, a race well finished and a legacy to imitate. Rest in eternal peace my brother. Sincere condolences to the wife and children and indeed to all those that loved him.

  16. Did you notice that nobody was wearing any masks at Magufuli’s funeral? You bet Jameson has contracted COVID, good!

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  17. Tarino Orange
    Our journalists are copy and paste. This information is reprinted verbatim from one source. No one has even bothered to talk to the people who worked with him, his church mates etc.
    We have the worst journalists in the whole of Africa. Read Malawi’s news online and they are very good.

  18. REST IN PEACE DOC.
    HE REALLY SERVED WITH PASSION. HE WAS VERY INSTRUMENTAL AND MUST BE REMEMBERED WITH DIGNITY FOR HIS PATRIOTISM.

  19. I find it strange that govt has gone for AstraZeneca vaccine which has no effect on the South African variant. This variant is now prevalent in Zambia. The reasons cabinet gave for its decision is even stranger. Even if the SA. AZ study was small, it provided some evidence to raise questions and concern. We have made a decision based on nothing except conjecture. Johnson & Johnson would have been a better safer choice until we have evidence to the contrary that AZ is effective in our region.

  20. Where will he be buried? At his Village in Malawi together with family and his parents, or alone in Lusaka?

  21. He was a friend to a certain Wife , did she attend the funeral or she was mourning alone some where , so sad losing a comforter again , after losing the hubby, it’s time to ask God forgiveness

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