Kalabo, Aug 23/14 ZANIS——-It has been learnt that United Party for National Development (UPND) Ndoka Ward Counsellor, Simako Simasiku, is not dead as it was reported two days ago.
The councillor was yesterday visited by some of his family members and government officials who earlier organised his funeral at his house in Malelekwa Township.
Councillor Simako was found alive and in good health.
Two days ago word went round in the district that the civic leader had died in Ndoka.
Council and party officials, including Kalabo Central Member of Parliament, Chiinga Miyutu visited the funeral house and found the mother and other relatives mourning.
Some family members confirmed the civic leader’s death after another relative from Ndoka called to inform them about his demise.
However, Acting Council Secretary Linda Mubita did not confirm the death of the councillor.
It was when the MP and other party officials decided to collect the body and take it to the mortuary that they found the councillor resting at his home in Ndoka as he had just returned from the field.
The development yesterday prompted Kalabo District Commissioner, Maseka Chinyama, to lead a team of officials from her office, the press and officers from the council to Ndoka to bring to book the culprit who fabricated the death of the councillor.
After investigations, a woman by the name of Judith Namushi was found to be the originator of the malicious story.
When asked as to how she learnt about the councillor’s death, she told the team that a stranger she could not recall told her.
The District Commissioner said the offence was criminal as it alarmed people and wondered the reason behind the malicious story.
Mrs Chinyama wished the Councillor God’s blessings and presented a white chicken and sprinkled some white powder on him as per tradition when a person finds themselves in such a predicament.
The wife of the councillor wondered how a sane person would fabricate such a story and further wondered the motive behind the story.
And Councillor Simasiku calmly said he had no ill feelings about the person who fabricated his death.