Minister of Gender and Kasenengwa member of parliament Victoria Kalima has died.

Patriotic Front Secretary General Davies Mwila confirmed the death of Kalima in a statement today, saying the minister died at Maina Soko Military Hospital in Lusaka.

“The Patriotic Front knew Hon Victoria Kalima as a fighter. She fought so many battles and overcame. Even when her health started failing her, she remained extremely dedicated to duty, giving all of us hope that she would pull through. She was a critical voice in the Patriotic Front. Sadly the cold hand of death has robbed her from our midst,” Mwila said.

“As Minister of Gender, she ensured that her Ministry occupied its rightful place in fast-tracking the place of the Zambian women in the country’s development aspirations.”

He sent a message of condolences to the deceased family and called on all PF members to join in mourning the late minister with a sense of unity of purpose.