President Rupiah Banda says late Benny Tetamashimba was a likable person among the public.
President Banda says he is deeply saddened by the death of the local government minister.
And the MMD in Southern Province has described the death of Tetamashimba as a fundamental loss to the party as it had lost a fearless member.
Southern Province MMD Chairman Solomon Muzyamba said the party in the province was very heartbroken at the passing on of Mr Tetamshimba as he was not only a luminary but also a torchbearer of nationalism in the country.
Mr. Muzyamba said Mr Tetamashimba was a very fearless leader who never hid his true vision and belief irrespective of the consequences to him adding that he always put the nation first in all he said and did.
He said Mr. Tetamashimba will particularly be missed in the MMD where he was a troubleshooter and had the political answer to every political problem.
Mr. Muzyamba noted that Mr Tetamashimba was a friend of many and a pain in the necks of the dishonest adding that he will be greatly missed by all.
And the local government association has postponed the 53rd Annual Conference of the Local Government Association of Zambia and the 6th AMICAALL General Assembly.
Local Government Association of Zambia President Charles Mumena said the conference that was scheduled to take place from September 7 to 11th has been postponed to December 7 and 11 of this year following the deatl of Mr. Tetamashimba.
Mr. Mmumena has since ectended the association’s condolences to President Rupiah Banda and the bereaved family on the passing on of Mr Tetamashimba.
Local Government and Housing Minister Benny Tetamanshimba died in the Lusaka University Teaching Hospital last evening.
Mr.Tetamashimba had been admitted in the intensive care Unit of the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) after he was flown back from South Africa where he went to seek medical treatment.