UPND Sesheke MP dies

By Staff Reporter

UPND Sesheke Central Member of Parliament Frank Kufakwandi has passed on while undergoing treatment in a South African hospital.

Kufakwandi, 67, passed on at Arwep Hospital in Johannesburg this morning.

He was elected to parliament on a UPND ticket in 2016 elections and also served on a parliamentary committee on Energy, Water Development and Tourism.

And UPND president Hakainde Hichilema says it was with great sadness and sorrow to announce the passing on of Kufakwandi.

Hichilema said his party shall greatly miss the immense contributions and dedication to the country.

“On behalf of the entire UPND family, we send our sincere condolences to the family of Hon. Kufakwandi and the people of Sesheke Constituency. For us, it is a double tragedy to have lost two Members of Parliament within such a short space of time from Western Province,” said Hichilema “We place everything in the mighty hand of our God during this trying moment,”

UPND vice-president Geofry Bwalya Mwamba in a telephone interview with NewsdayZambia.com said the party had suffered major setback at the loss of Kufakwandi and that were making frontic effort in bringing the remains back home.

‘’We have tasked the Party Spokesperson to work very closely with the family of our beloved late brother in bringing the remains of our beloved brother, a collegue and distinghuished comarde back home’’ Mwamba said. ‘’We will issue a comprehensive program of events when all the preparations are put in place’’. said Mwamba.

Meanwhile the Patriotic Front says it has learnt with shock and profound grief the passing on of Kufakwandi.

PF secretary general Davies Mwila said government evacuated Kufakwandi last month to South Africa where he had been receiving specialist treatment at Arwyp Medical Centre in Johannesburg.

“Our hearts and prayers are with the family of the late Hon Kufwakwandi and the UPND as a Party. May the good Lord console and comfort the bereaved family during this sorrowful moment,” said Mwila

Kufakwandi had  been treated for cardiac condition at Arwyp Medical Centre until the time of his dimise.