By ALICE NACHILEMBE
Zambia’s Ambassador to the Republic of Turkey Dr Joseph Chilengi has died.
Dr Chilengi died on Tuesday 11th May, 2021 at 22:35 hours at Güven Hospital in Ankara where he was receiving medical attention.
He was 61 years old.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Zambia Joseph Malanji announced the sad development in Lusaka.
“It is with a heavy heart that I announce the death of our Ambassador accredited to the Republic of Turkey, Dr Joseph Chilengi after a short illness,” he said.
The Minister regretted the sad loss of Ambassador Chilengi stating that he had worked very hard to promote bilateral and trade relations between the Republic of Zambia and the Republic of Turkey.
The Minister expressed his condolences to the family of Ambassador Chilengi.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will announce the funeral arrangements in due course.
President Edgar Lungu appointed and later swore in Ambassador Chilengi as Zambia’s envoy to the Republic of Turkey in January 2018.
Prior to that, Ambassador Chilengi served as the Presiding Officer of the African Union Economic, Social & Cultural Council (ECOSOCC) and was instrumental in ensuring that Zambia hosted its Secretariat.
This is contained in a statement issued by Chansa Kabwela Public Relations Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.