CATHERINE MUMBA, Lusaka
THE family of late Lusaka business- woman Judith Nayame has demanded an apology from United Progressive Party (UPP) president Saviour Chishimba for claiming that their relative died as a result of pressure from China Hainan to be evicted from their shops.
And the family has cautioned Dr Chishimba against trivialising matters he is not competent about to gain ‘cheap’ political mileage.
Dr Chishimba claimed through the Mast Newspaper and other private media platforms that he visited Lusaka’s Luburma Market to mourn Ms Nayame, who died on May 31, 2017.
But in a statement issued in Lusaka on Friday, the family condemned Dr Chishimba’s ‘inhuman’ behaviour of using the death of their relative to win political mileage by claiming that he went to mourn her at Luburma Market.
The family said Ms Nayame, was not residing at Luburma Market for Dr Chishimba to claim that he went to mourn her at a trading place.
“She had a home where the funeral was held. If he really wanted to mourn, he could have gone to the funeral house and there he could have been given correct information,” the statement said.
The family said Ms Nayame used to rent two shops from China Hainan at Luburma Market but did not die of intense pressure from the owners of the shops as alleged.
“At the time of her demise, the late had been ill for three months and was admitted at Makeni Zambia National Service (ZNS) Hospital and Hill Top Hospital before being taken to the University Teaching Hospital (UTH), where she eventually died,” said the family.
The statement said Ms Nayame was diagnosed with malarial, anaemia and kidney complications of which all the records can be traced at the three health institutions.
Ms Nayame’s family said her death had nothing to do with China Hainan and asked Dr Chishimba to retract his statement and apologise for the misinformation.