Zambia’s High Commissioner To Kenya, Her Excellency Brenda Muntemba-Sichilembe has passed on.
The 49-year-old diplomat succumbed to her injuries on Wednesday at Nairobi Hospital Hospital following a grisly road accident along Mombasa-Nairobi Highway on February 26, 2019.
Ms Muntemba’s car collided head-on with a trailer inflicting serious injuries to her body. Two employees from the Zambian embassy, who were travelling with her also sustained injuries. She suffered internal bleeding and was admitted in Machakos Level 5 Hospital after which she was transferred to Nairobi Hospital where she was taken to the ICU. The Zambian ambassador was on her way to Nairobi from a meeting at Maanzoni Lodge in Athi River.
Her Botswana’s counterpart Duket also got involved in the same accident.Mr Lephoko’s car rammed onto Muntenda’s car inflating the impact and injury. He was also admitted to Machakos Level 5 Hospital before being transferred to Nairobi Hospital for further treatment.
Waking up to the saddening news, Zambians, shared in grief with her family and friends on twitter.
“A very sad morning to wake up to the news that one of the most active Canisius Alumni members Sulanji Sichilembe? of 1994 Exit, has lost his wife, Brenda Muntemba. She was involved in a road accident in February and has been in ICU since then. Andrew is very active in reaching out to help whenever something happens to any one of us. In the picture, it’s Andrew, Miriam the daughter and Brenda. MHSRIP,” posted Canisius Secondary School Alumni.
Kenyans have taken to social media to mourn Ms Muntemba, sending their heartfelt condolences to her family friends and Zambians.
Saddened by the passing of Zambian High Commissioner to Kenya and women's right advocate, Amb. Brenda Muntemba-Sichilembe. My heartfelt condolences to her family and friends and to the People of Zambia. Rest in Peace. pic.twitter.com/QxSY6O8V2s
— Hon. Esther M Passaris (@EstherPassaris) March 20, 2019
Before her appointment as Zambia’s High Commissioner to Kenya, Ms.Muntemba served as Southern Province Police Commissioner and Chief Program Officer at UNESCO in Zambia.
Muntemba was also a celebrated women’s advocate. In her book “Retrospect” she sought to encourage girls to reclaim their worth and reach higher heights She will be remembered for authoring literary material that focused on the empowerment of women and girls in society.