Zambia: ZUJ Chief Chimangeni Dies

Ndola — ZAMBIA Union of Journalists (ZUJ) President, Isabel Chimangeni, has died.

Ms Chimangeni, 28, who was Times of Zambia Lusaka office news desk chief reporter died after an illness in a London hospital yesterday around 11:00 hours (London time).

Her aunt, Veronica Howell, confirmed the death of Ms Chimangeni who travelled to London last Friday.

Ms Howell said the late Chimangeni was fine when she picked her from the airport on Friday but she started feeling bad on Sunday.

She was rushed to Wrexham Maelor Hospital where her condition deteriorated.

She was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit where she later died.

Funeral gathering is at her house number eight, Zambia State Insurance Corporation (ZISC) flat on Lukasu road, Rhodes Park near International School.

Ms Chimangeni, who completed her secondary school education in 1996, pursued her diploma in journalism at Africa Literature Centre in 1997 in Kitwe.

She joined the Times as a business reporter in 1999, and rose to the position of senior business reporter in 2002.

She was later transferred to the news desk in 2003 and was appointed Chief Reporter in May last year.

ZUJ general secretary, Nigel Mulenga, said the union was shocked at the death of Ms Chimangeni who had transformed ZUJ into an effective and authoritative union.

"Death has robbed the journalism fraternity of a vibrant and fearless leader who contributed greatly to the improvement of journalists' conditions of service.

"Since her ascension to presidency, Ms Chimangeni dedicated her time to union business and was instrumental in the improved conditions of service at the Times and Zambia Daily Mail," Mr Mulenga said.

Press Association of Zambia (PAZA) president, Andrew Sakala, expressed shock over Ms Chimangeni's death whom he described as a vibrant representative of the workers.

Mr Sakala said the journalism fraternity would miss her contribution to the profession.

ZUJ Ndola chapel chairman, Anthony Mulowa, described Ms Chimangeni's death as devastating and that the union had lost a dedicated leader who contributed immensely to the cause of the general membership.

ZUJ Kitwe chapel chairman, Shamaoma Musonda, and secretary Mary Chilekwa said in joint a statement that Ms Chimangeni's death had robbed the union of a vibrant leader who whole-heartedly and diligently represented the wishes of the general membership.

The Zambia Media Women Association (ZAMWA) has learnt the death of Ms Chimangeni with great shock.

The Media Council of Zambia (MECOZ) board and staff expressed deepest condolences at the untimely death.

The Media Trust Fund (MTF) board of trustees and management also expressed utmost shock at the untimely death.

The ministry of Finance and National Planning has expressed deep sorrow over Ms Chimangeni's death.

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