ZAMBIA’S High Commissioner to Malaysia, Miles Banda has died.

President Benigno S. Aquino III accepts the credentials of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Zambia to the Philippines, His Excellency Miles Kaweche Banda, during the presentation of credentials at the Rizal Hall of the Malacañan Palace on Wednesday (January 08). Also in photo are Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario and Chief of Presidential Protocol Ambassador Celia Anna Feria. (Photo by Gil Nartea / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

Mr Banda died in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Monday this week after an illness.

Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary George Zulu said in a statement in Lusaka yesterday that Mr Banda once served in Government as deputy secretary to the Cabinet.

He was appointed into the foreign service in October, 2012.

Mr Banda leaves behind a wife, eight children and several grandchildren.

“Government is making arrangements to fly the body home, and the funeral programme will be communicated to the nation in due course,” Mr Zulu said.