Body of Zambian student who died in Czech expected Saturday, thanks to patriotic Zambians

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Grieved Zambians from home and abroad have managed to positively contribute financial resources towards the bringing of the remains of a Zambian student, Sikwebela Malitela, who died in the Czech in unclear circumstances.

Sources close to the organisers say the remains of the deceased arrive on Saturday morning, aboard British Aiways, for onward burial to Mongu, Western province, his proposed final resting.

The Zambian government refused to help the family saying it is not the responsibly of the PF government to repatriate remains of Zambians who die abroad if they were not on government mission.

After the PF  government announced its decision through foreign affairs minister, Given Lubinda to neglect a son of the Zambian soil, his fellow ordinary citizens mobilised themselves to help.

In a move that is a direct rebuke to the PF government, Zambians within the country and abroad assisted the family with financial resources to repatriate the relative’s remains from that country.

The father to the deceased (Sikwibela Malitela) in the Czech Republic was given four options by the Czech Government.

1. Pay equivalent K60 million to have the body embalmed and sent to Zambia,

2. To have the body cremated in Czech and have the ashes sent to Zambia,

3.To pay for his burial in the Czech Republic and pay a yearly fee for the grave,

4.To surrender the body of the son to the Czech Government for a paupers burial.

The Association of Zambians in Atlanta (USA), CrossFire BlogRadio in UK, opposition UPND and others mounted a campaign in a very non-partisan manner to raise the funds.

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70 Responses to Body of Zambian student who died in Czech expected Saturday, thanks to patriotic Zambians

  1. A Government should fight for its own people regardless if they are on official duty or if they are only plain citizens. Stupid leadership that seriously needs to revisit the meaning and use of a Government. One Zambia One Nation bull shit…shame on you all for not even having a strategy already in place should anything like this occur..Zambians have been living abroad for a long time and its high time this Government pulls their socks and actually take care of issues that matter instead of fighting in the streets..vi grade seveni (fyola)

    Inutu - December 8, 2012
    17:26

  2. If he was Bemba , HH and his UPND wouldnt have bothered to foot part of the bill

    Call 911 - December 6, 2012
    21:56

    • What a comment!

      Wise boy from the land of sand and oil - December 7, 2012
      00:09

  3. STUPID IDIOT.IF HE IS NOT IMPORTANT TO PF,HE IS IMPORTANT TO US ZAMBIANS

    90 DAYS IDIOT - December 6, 2012
    18:51

  4. Lets take 100% responsibility of our actions and be realistic! the govt was right for the stand it took, it wasn’t their responsibility to bring the remains of our dear brother back to Zambia but if they did contribute in anyway, thank you for the gesture. we did loose a civil servant in death who had gone to South Africa for a vacation, bring her remains to Zambia was not easy, the govt by them did not help in anyway despite pleading with them. but we understood and mobilized ourselves, so what is so special with this case! let it save as an I open to would be students abroad on self sponsorship.

    udia - December 6, 2012
    18:08

  5. We thank the wise leadership of HH who spear-headed the raising of funds to repatriate the remains of our own son back to Zambia. May God Bless persons who extended the spirit of humanism to the bereaved family. MHSRIP

    Mphangwe - December 6, 2012
    17:55

  6. People from some areas always want to politisize things.There are many Zambians living abroad and if the Govt. sets a precedent of repartriating their remains how much will that cost. Can our national budget sustain it. Leadership is about thinking logically and not emotions.

    oga - December 6, 2012
    17:50

    • OGA U TALK LIKE A CHILD.SOME PEOPLE ARE RICH SO THEY CAN DO ALL THAT ALONE.BUT OTHERS LIKE MANY STUDENTS ARE NOT RICH SO MIGHT NEED HELP.THIS IS A GOVT DRIVEN BY EVIL

      XXXX - December 6, 2012
      20:56

  7. just to set the record straight, opposition UPND and others (PF, Bembas, UNIP, MMD)gave money towards this cause. Please next time try to be a little bit modest and candid, never polticize someones death. No one knows how Sikwebela Malitela died, how he found himslef in Czech and why other Zambians in Czech have remained mute to comment on this issue. What if he was in that country illegally and that’s why the Zambian govt didn’t want to get involved. Learn to gather facts and please try to be as objective as you can be, smearing blame against people who had nothing to do with his death is simply mediocre journalism. Zambians who choose to live abroad should think about death and have a plan to their funeral. Have Zambians who live abroad ever heard of the term life insurance?

    Zimbwi no brain - December 6, 2012
    15:27

  8. No excuse what so ever by govenment’s refusal to assist the family you are loosing people’s votes bit by bit we are not happy buggers you are stealing money more than what was required to assist this family you evil minded government with no sympath to your citizens and lets hope no govenment representative wil go to western province coz they will sort him out watch this one

    diaspora - December 6, 2012
    15:04

  9. GRZ is there for the people. Contingent plans must always be there. Government must do such tasks. Its like in the home we shall not leave all to the kids to sort out. As Parents we ought to play a role, so is GRZ to its people. So do nt fight guys be level headed.

    If Government contributed well and good, if there where dragging their feet, sorry about that. When an American has died abroad, they panic to know why, and say if he/she was killed whoever has a hand in it must be dealt with. So Zambians regardless of your affiliation Government must care for all of us. Tax payers money must work in situations like this along side their other duties. So no finger pointing lets remind Government of their obligations.

    BOB - December 6, 2012
    14:21

  10. but i thot u guys claim to ve gone out looking for green pastures en u shud b saving in case any eventualities happen,how do u motivate me to go out if i takecare of myslf without governments help wen my relative die en u guys want to b taken care of. we pay almost 100% tax en frm v little tax payer moneys u want us to burry u.It high tym u guys started contributing towards v development of zambia. Am sorry to sound harsh bt tats v truth only us back here feel v hit than u guys abroad

    concerned zambian - December 6, 2012
    14:18

  11. Ati patriotic Zambians

    Mulahu - December 6, 2012
    13:44

  12. The Zambian government has never cared for any ordinary Zambian whether at home or abroad, so I wonder why we should be surprised by this. Zambian GRZ cares for cabinet ministers, MP’s and their families and friends and also care for foreigners. If this dead student had been a minister’s who had gone abroad on a holiday or drug trafficking adventures I am sure the government would have provided EVERYTHING.

    Distant Drums - December 6, 2012
    13:03

  13. …good point. Don’t gain political mileage using someone’s death – you probably wont get any mileage after all. The family is entitled to be assisted by any sympathizers and we thank God for those good people whether they are UPND or not – it does not matter. Government is right to take the position they have taken on this issue.

    Eya eee! - December 6, 2012
    12:56

  14. I have been in UK for eight years and all those who have departed the govt have never helped to take the body back to Zambia. We just contribute amongst the zambian community .So what is so special about the late.

    J mtonga - December 6, 2012
    12:45

    • Thanks Bro, However what is special in this case is that this was a STUDENT in a foreign country – VERY FAR AWAY from Zambia, compared to the UK.

      ZAZA - December 6, 2012
      13:33

    • Difference is that in UK, there are many Zambians (a community, as you said) and can contribute – same as us in RSA.

      Chances are that there are very very very few Zambians in Czech. Meaning the onus is on the GRZ. If a Briton passes on at North pole, will they say he was on his own or that the British community at NP should contribute?

      Chief Zambian CNP - December 6, 2012
      17:55

  15. R.I.P son of Barotseland.

    aon - December 6, 2012
    11:45

  16. WHAT A HEARTLESS ADMINISTRATION IN PLACE – DEAR GOD THROUGH ABUNDANT LOVE GRACE AND MERCY, SANCTIFY THE POOR SOUL WITH YOUR PURITY AND MAY UR HOLY LIGHT CONTINUE TO SHINE UPON IT. THERE IS A GREAT DAY U HAVE PROPOSED IN WHICH ALL WHAT IS EARTHLY SHALL COME TO NOTHING. WE SHALL ALWAYS REMEMBER THE LATE SIKWELE IN ALL OUR INTERCESSIONS AND SUPPLICATIONS TO THE LORD – MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE.

    Lucky Carter - December 6, 2012
    11:37

  17. But a PF counselor who drunk 2000 US dollars worth of beer in Ethiopia .The Government assisted him to pay and the VIce President says he will make sure that he pays.Why not assist and the ask the ralatives to pay back the transportation of the body to Zambia.

    sifaka litongo - December 6, 2012
    11:32

    • keeekeeeekeeekeeeeeeeee. what logic. Pay back. keeeeekeeeeeeeeeeeeke

      oga - December 6, 2012
      17:53

  18. The pf are more interested in paying for their drunkard councillor who drunk beer worthy more than k10 million.

    Scramble for zambia - December 6, 2012
    11:27

  19. hey my fellow commoners. Can I get clarification. From other media it looks like the govt is the one which paid for this noble cause. I remain to be corrected. Thanks to all those who contributed and may God reward you for this humble gratitude you showed to a fellow zambian.

    sharp-shooter nationalist - December 6, 2012
    10:46

    • Which media?

      Sonatra - December 6, 2012
      11:50

      • Yes the government came in and did the rest after the embarasment. The campaign made the government loook very foolish.

        At least they woke up.

        ZAZA - December 6, 2012
        13:29

  20. Are we carrying out a postmortem when the body arrives?

    papaya - December 6, 2012
    10:43

  21. DEATH IS DEATH AND THE PAIN IS JUST THE SAME TO WHOM EVER, I THEREFORE SALUTE THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO DID THEIRE BEST TO BRING THE BODY HOME LADIES AND GENTS U RE SO GREAT STAY BLESSED

    NO FEAR - December 6, 2012
    10:39

  22. Thanx 2 evry1 hu contributed in a material n moral form.God wil surely award u !

    Zambian by birth ! - December 6, 2012
    10:35

  23. In my opinion, its not GRZ responsibility to bring back remains of every jim and jack who dies abroad. MHSRP

    skv - December 6, 2012
    10:26

    • Couldn’t the K1.5 Billion given to the non-legal first lady’s office be of real use here? PF should learn to use opportunity to gain genuine political mileage.

      nix - December 6, 2012
      10:45

  24. AS many times as we are willing to help!

    Wanzelu - December 6, 2012
    10:25

  25. Hey Sunkutu, i do not see anybody trying to gain political mileage here. The Government uses tax payers money and the taxpayers are the gallant Zambians. The PF government should have been esponsible enough to help. You should not demonise the ZWD for publishing the story i suppose they are doing so to update the Zambians that contributed the money on the progress and also the sympatisers on how they could get involved.
    There is no need to poitisise someone’s death but whether PF, UPND or UNIP there is need to unite during such tragedies. The PF government has failed the many Zambians on this one.

    Johnata Mbwee Banda - December 6, 2012
    10:23

  26. Thank God almighty for all the Zambians who have shown goodwill and sympathy. God richly bless all of you.

    Kangala Itoito - December 6, 2012
    10:09

  27. Thank God the body is coming finally my condolences to the bereaved family

    SHAKA - December 6, 2012
    10:01

  28. THANK YOU VERY MUCH ZAMBIA.THAT IS BEING HUMAN WHEN YOU FEEL FOR OTHERS IN THE TIME THEY NEED YOU MOST . THANKS TO ALL WHO CONTRIBUTED TO THIS NOBLE CAUSE TO BRING OUR OWN HOME WHEN OTHER DID NEED HIM.

    master of ceremony - December 6, 2012
    09:58

  29. Many thanks to the PF members for having contributed heavily to this nobble cause.

    Adorable - December 6, 2012
    09:57

    • Ichipuba pamalilo

      OK Chapwa - December 6, 2012
      10:43

  30. True, I agree with you.

    The 3ye - December 6, 2012
    09:54

  31. The majority of people who contributed are PF members. Thanks to the PF fraternity!!!

    Clement Sinyinda - December 6, 2012
    09:51

    • YOU ARE A SICK MAN YOU BETTER HAVE YOUR SELF EXAMINED .UPND AND OTHER CONCERNED ZAMBIANS WELL DONE.

      ZERO IN - December 6, 2012
      10:11

    • u rabid dog!!!!!where did u see p.f idiots contribute???sha!!!!!!!!u r sick in the head…………….

      the tactician - December 6, 2012
      10:15

    • Yes PF memebers are the ones with more money in thier pockets!

      twoo - December 6, 2012
      10:16

    • Okay sometimes muleibwelamo. This is a Zambian and the Zambian pipo contributed, should we always be reminded of this PF, PF. Am just tired f this nonsense.

      Kachepa - December 6, 2012
      12:42

  32. Just die and the ZWD will be on your case. They will mobilise others to put money together and take your stupid bones to your stupid village

    Yobaba - December 6, 2012
    09:47

  33. its a sad situation.Thanks to worthy Zambians that understand ONE’S plight that’s how we help each other. condolences to the family.

    ed - December 6, 2012
    09:45

  34. need we translate this further?

    The Zambian government refused to help the family saying it is not the responsibly of the PF government to repatriate remains of Zambians who die abroad if they were not on government mission.

    Period! MHSRIP

    twoo - December 6, 2012
    09:38

  35. May the Almight GOD bless those who contributed to this noble cause

    Mbala Mafia - December 6, 2012
    09:30

  36. THAT’S THE SPIRIT OF A CHRISTIAN NATION: “I WAS HUNGRY AND YOU GAVE ME FOOD, I WAS IN PRISON AND YOU VISITED ME, I WAS SICK AND YOU TOOK CARE OF ME, I FELL DOWN AND YOU LIFTED ME UP”. MAY OUR HEAVENLY FATHER JEHOVA GOD BLESS EVERYONE WHO CONTRIBUTED TOWARDS THIS TRAGEDY IN WHATEVER FORM. REMAIN BLESSED TODAY AND FOREVER.

    Mooli wa Mbeta - December 6, 2012
    09:27

  37. thanks to all who showed concern during this trying moment and helped this family. lets continue with this unity even in many more things.

    wazakaza - December 6, 2012
    09:26

  38. how much was raised?

    mwilam - December 6, 2012
    09:18

  39. Heartless P.f Gov’t.

    honourable situmbeko - December 6, 2012
    09:17

  40. I do not personally know the deceased but we recognise the effort of the many.

    Well done Zambians.

    To the family please accept our condolences.

    Dont expect anything from some people.They are just a screen saver.

    Ken - December 6, 2012
    09:17

  41. One zambia one nation,thanks to my fellow zambians who contributed to this noble cause,the probloem we have is this government which wants to divide us,tribally

    maguys - December 6, 2012
    09:16

  42. Gentlemen. I think we need to change our view towards death. Remember the dead feel and hear no pain. Whether we bury in a foreign land or what not should not be an important issue. The deceased could have been cremated and his ashes brought home and those noble donations could have assisted his family. Yes he is coming home but are we going to bury him in his fathers living room. No .. He may probably be buried in a cemetery and forgotten. My question then is whats the difference. Bin Laden was buried at sea. Was this a punishment when he was already dead.

    conman - December 6, 2012
    09:14

    • You are really a conman who should be left to rot in the middle of the highway (Lsk/Kabwe rd) for trucks to feast till all the potholes feel your blood.

      Mongruel - December 6, 2012
      09:27

      • Just zip up iwe ka mongrel . My comment was meant for intellectuals and not compound idiiots like you who spend the entire day playing pool at the local traven. Just seeing your post has caused stomach pains. Am not in your league as i should be your father if only your mother did not mention somebody else to be your father. So have some respect son. Go to kachepa 360 thats where your contemporaries are fund.

        conman - December 6, 2012
        10:25

    • Maybe our view towards death will change as you suggest, may be not. But until then we must respect our present view with the Government leading in showing that respect. And remember, much of what we do towards the dead is really for the benefit of the survivors. We just need to do to others as we would like them to do to us. We need to do something to facilitate closure for us from that terrible loss.

      Some-Of-Us - December 6, 2012
      11:59

      • Sense

        Kachepa - December 6, 2012
        12:47

  43. Sorry I dont need or mean to disrepect the dead but they say Zambian Soil in Mongu? I though its all about ceasation and not Zambia. Well done Zambains to bring the dear departed Lozi Home. MHSRIP

    Bellbell - December 6, 2012
    09:12

    • I pray that God be with you bellbell, why rub in ‘salt’ its not the right moment.

      sosa sana - December 6, 2012
      09:16

    • Nonsense! How do you say you don’t mean to disrespect the dead and then you go ahead and disrespect the dead?

      Some-Of-Us - December 6, 2012
      11:50

    • Shame on you. May God help you to keep quite untill you have the right things to talk about.

      Kachepa - December 6, 2012
      12:50

  44. bravo zambians, tht the spirit africans

    mubi - December 6, 2012
    09:01

  45. God is watching…PF will account for thess misdeeds. Remember, there was
    UNIP with the vigilantes, there was MMD with the Kadobies and all…Now its you.

    Learn to learn from the past mistakes.

    CHOLASA CHIBABA - December 6, 2012
    09:00

  46. sad situation indeed.

    Elixir - December 6, 2012
    08:57

  47. Its good that the remains will rest peacefully in the home land.

    Amagedon - December 6, 2012
    08:55

  48. PF are liars. They lied to get into power. Given Lubinda lied to assist the USA family that was caught up in the hailstorm and had their house damaged. Given Lubinda wanted to get Political capital out of this.

    PF are a bunch of liars who will never learn.

    Thanks to the caring Zambians at home and abroad for caring for the dead Zambian remains to be brought home for a decent burial.

    Family must not allow PF politicians to speak at burial. Please PF keep away.

    Mpangula Mputyu - December 6, 2012
    08:55

    • Who is thiis student so important for PF to attend his burial? He is not the first and last to die, after all, we will all die!!! When he left the country did he inform PF? If he is UPND, HH freemanson sponsored student, it is his responsibilty to take him Kwahaye!!!

      "Bantustand" - December 6, 2012
      11:36

      • Of course, he is not important to PF. You don’t have to rub it in.

        Some-Of-Us - December 6, 2012
        11:47