ZAMBIA Daily Mail internal auditor Isaac Tembo, 44, has died in India after an illness.
Mr Tembo, who was also Tennis Association (ZTA) national treasurer, died in the early hours of yesterday at Appollo Hospital where he was undergoing treatment.
Zambia Daily Mail director for human resource and administration Lutato Nyendwa, confirmed the death of Mr Tembo in Lusaka yesterday.
And Zambia Daily Mail managing director Nebat Mbewe has described Mr Tembo’s death as shocking.
Mr Mbewe said the company is saddened by the passing on of Mr Tembo, who was evacuated to India early this month for specialist treatment.
He said the firm will particularly miss his diligence to duty and contribution to ensuring that the company strictly adhered to astute financial management.
“Since his evacuation to India, management has been closely monitoring his treatment and was constantly in touch with him. It is, therefore, shocking to hear that Mr Tembo has passed on.
“Indications were that the medical concern was not as serious as earlier thought, and we were looking forward to him being discharged and returning to Zambia and back to work,” Mr Mbewe said.
Meanwhile, ZTA president Francis Musonda has described Mr Tembo as a hardworking person who will be difficult to replace.
He said during Mr Tembo’s time, the association produced the first audited books of accounts to the National Sports Council of Zambia.
Tembo served as ZTA vice-president (south) in 2013-2014 and was elected national treasurer in January this year.
He is survived by a wife, Karen, and three children. Funeral gathering is at plot number 16364/1080 in Kamwala South.