Mama Kankasa dies  

One of Zambia’s few surviving female freedom fighters Chibesa Kankasa has died in South Africa where she was being treated.

Mama Kankasa, 82, was evacuated to South Africa on October 6 for specialised treatment over an illness and she died this morning at Avrwyp Hospital in Johannesburg.

In 2012, the Press Freedom Committee of The Post newspaper honoured Mama Kankasa with the Julia Chikamoneka Award.

This is an award named after another prolific female freedom fighter, and was presented annually during the International Women’s Day celebrations.

Born March 23, 1936, Mama Kankasa got conscientised at a tender age and joined politics aged 19.

She then married a fellow politician, Timothy Kankasa in 1952 who helped her grow into one of the most known female politicians in the country.

Mama Kankasa was elected first female member of the Central Committee and chairperson of the women’s league in the United National Independence Party (UNIP).

And according to a government statement released today, repatriation of her remains will be announced later.