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Dr Manda put to rest

THE family of the late Dr Francis Manda during the requiem mass at St Ignatius Catholic Parish in Lusaka yesterday. Far right is President Lungu’s daughter Tasila. PICTURE: ANGELA NTENTABUNGA.

FORMER President Kenneth Kaunda was yesterday among hundreds of mourners who attended a requiem service at St Ignatius Catholic Church for renowned urologist Francis Manda, who died on Friday.
Dr Manda, 69, was buried at Leopards Hill cemetery. He is survived by six children.
Parish priest Charles Chilinda described Dr Manda, Zambia’s first urologist, as a man who was dedicated to work.
“Dr Manda was a man full of wit and he was committed to his calling. We will greatly miss him,” Fr Chilinda said.
President Lungu was represented by his daughter Tasila.
Others present were Clerk of the National Assembly Doris Mwiinga, State House Deputy Minister Mulenga Sata, PF supporter Frank Bwalya, former acting Chief Justice Lombe Chibesakunda and several Cabinet ministers.
Meanwhile, Minister of Health Joseph Kasonde said Dr Manda demonstrated what professionals in the diaspora ought to do – to come back home and contribute to the development of the country.
Dr Kasonde was speaking earlier at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) where a professional service was held in honour of Dr Manda.
“Dr Manda was an exemplary diaspora. He brought his expertise back home,” he said.
Dr Kasonde said the late urologist contributed immensely to UTH’s urology department setting it up alone initially.
“Dr Manda was not scared to criticise my ministry. He was bold and wanted the best for his country,” he said.
And renowned neurosurgeon Lupando Munkonge described Dr Manda as an eminent surgeon.
Several doctors attended the professional service.

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