UNIP candidate for Mushipashi ward commits suicide

UNITED National Independent Party (UNIP) aspiring candidate for Mushipashi local government by-election John Musonda has died in circumstances that suggest suicide.

Musonda filed in his nomination last weekend.

Mansa Municipal Council spokesperson Evans Lumande confirmed the development yesterday and said the deceased allegedly committed suicide on Saturday, and his body was discovered on Sunday morning at his residence.

Police picked up the decomposed body, which was buried on Thursday and the cause of death had not yet been established.

Mushipashi ward in Bahati Constituency fell vacant following the death of PF councill,or John Musama Chikumbi, who died on March 5, 2013 Mansa.

And the Electoral Commission of Zambia says it will not hold the Mushipashi ward by election following the death of Musonda.