Chilanga UPND council chairperson Maria Malila who is wife to Supreme Court justice and former Attorney General Mumba Malila has died.

According to UPND president Hakainde Hichilema, Maria died at the University Teaching Hospital yesterday.

“It is with deep sense of shock to learn about the sudden demise of our Chilanga District Council Chairperson Mrs Maria-Theresa Maimpampe Malila. We send our deepest condolences to the family of the late Mrs Malila and the people of Chilanga Constituency who have lost a highly dependable representative in the area. Mrs Malila was providing a lot of guidance to our Councillors, not only in Chilanga, but throughout the country,” stated Hichilema in a statement.

“We shall deeply miss her immense services and council leadership in the country. We call on our members and the Zambian people to mourn this gallant woman with dignity.”

PF secretary Davies Mwila also expressed shock at the passing of Maria.

“The Patriotic Front family mourns with the family of Mrs Maria Malila and the United Party for National Development (UPND) over this untimely loss. Patriotic Front further sends words of comfort to the people of Chilanga who have lost a representative. Our deepest condolences go to the bereaved family.”