Opposition UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema has expressed shock at the death of Lundu Mazoka who reportedly choked to death at his apartment in the South African coastal city of Durban.
According to the Zambian High Commission in South Africa, Lundu, son of UPND founder Anderson Mazoka, was eating something while lying down in his bed and began to choke.
Attempts to dislodge the food particle that reached the windpipe failed, the statement records.
Hichilema posted on his social media website, ” On behalf of UPND and indeed on our own behalf, Mutinta and I wish to express our profound shock on the death of Lundu Mazoka, the son of the founder President of UPND, Anderson Kambela Mazoka.
“The death of Lundu in South Africa today, a young man in the prime of his life, comes at a difficult time in our nation when we have been putting to rest some of our fallen comrades that have passed away the past week which indeed has been a tumultuous period for all of us.
“We wish to convey our heartfelt condolences to the Mazoka family and assure them of our prayers and support in their bereavement,” he states. “May his soul rest in peace.”
THE STATEMENT FROM THE EMBASSY IN SOUTH AFRICA
LUNDU MAZOKA DIES IN DURBAN
Son to late veteran political leader Anderson Mazoka, Lundu Mazoka has died.
Lundu died last night in Durban.
Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa His Excellency Emmanuel Mwamba confirmed the development.
He said the High Commission received the report last night that Lundu had apparently choked to death at his house in Morningside in Durban.
He said the reports indicated that he was eating something while lying down in his bed and began to choke and he was heard trying to cough.
Apparently the food could not be dislodged from his windpipe and he died.
Mr. Mwamba said the death was tragic as there were no earlier reports of Lundu being sick. He said Lundu is reported to have had a fruitful day.
He said other details regarding the funeral will be released later after consultation with the family.
Zambia High Commission
First Secretary Press and Public Relations