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Manda, MP die after illnesses

STEVEN MVULA & LINDA NYONDO, Lusaka
RENOWNED Urologist Francis Manda, 67, and Solwezi West member of Parliament (MP) Humphrey Mwanza (MMD), 66, have died after illnesses.
Dr Manda’s younger brother, Peter Zimba, confirmed the death of his elder brother in Lusaka yesterday.
And the late Dr Manda’s nephew, Muhabi Lungu, described him as a dedicated man who was helpful to everyone.
Mr Lungu said Dr Manda was kind-hearted and embraced all family members.
“He was a unifier and he easily associated with everyone. He was a family doctor whom everyone consulted at any time of the day,” Mr Lungu said.
Dr Manda will be remembered for his Manzi Therapy programme on Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation’s (ZNBC) Radio 4, on which he interacted with listeners on health issues.
Zambia Medical Association (ZMA) president Aaron Mujajati said in a Facebook posting: “We have lost a leader, consultant and teacher in Dr Francis Manda. He will be dearly missed. Our deepest condolences go to his loved ones. May his soul rest in eternal peace.”
Dr Manda is survived by six children.
And Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini announced Mr Mwanza’s death in Parliament yesterday.  The House observed a minute of silence in his honour.
Mr Mwanza was elected MP in 2006.
Dr Matibini said Mr Mwanza died in the early hours of yesterday at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH).
“I wish to acquaint the House with the fact that the House has lost one of its members namely Honourable Humphrey Mwanza. He was diagnosed with a stomach tumor,” Dr Matibini said.
He said Mr Mwanza died after an operation to remove the tumor at UTH.
Dr Matibini said funeral arrangements will be communicated in due course.
MMD president Nevers Mumba said the party has received the death of Mwanza with shock and sadness.
“Mr Mwanza was a very strong MP who was dedicated to his constituency and the party. He sacrificed a lot for the MMD,” Dr Mumba said in a sombre tone.
Dr Mumba said the party did not expect Mr Mwanza to die in such a sudden manner.
“We cannot replace him. We didn’t expect it,” he said.

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