Zambian Millionaire Tom Mtine Died At The Age of 97

It is with profound sadness that we report on the passing of one of Zambia’s most influential figures, Mr. Tom Mtine. A trailblazer in his own right, Mr. Mtine breathed his last at the age of 97 in his home in Northrise, Ndola.

Mr. Mtine was not only Zambia’s earliest known millionaire but also a man of many firsts. He made history as the first black Mayor of Ndola and the first black African to run the Football Association of Zambia after independence. His impressive leadership extended to the business world, where he managed 53 local companies in the 1950s as chairman of the Lonrho Group.

His son, Hastings Mtine, announced his father’s passing in an interview with Radio Icengelo News. “He died today around 11:30 at home here in Ndola,” Hastings said. “He was recuperating at home. He had been in hospital. We took him back home, and that is where he was recuperating from.”

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The news of Mr. Mtine’s death has left a void in the hearts of many. “It is a very difficult time for everybody because the old man, as you know, was a very well-known personality, so we are losing a figurehead in the family,” Hastings added.

Mr. Mtine was not merely a father to his immediate children but represented the Mtine family across a broader scope. His quiet dedication to his work and his country was evident to all who interacted with him. “Such people come once in a lifetime. So we are really losing a figurehead,” Hastings remarked.

In accordance with Mr. Mtine’s wishes and his faith as a Muslim, he will be buried in his home village of Lukalo, situated in Chief Munukwa’s area of Chipata District. The Government has facilitated the transportation of Mr. Mtine’s body from Ndola to Chipata, accompanied by his family.

Among those who paid their respects as his body was airlifted were Copperbelt Permanent Secretary Augustine Kasongo, Ndola Mayor Jones Kalyati, Provincial Deputy Permanent Secretary Daniel Kamenga, and Ndola District Commissioner Joseph Phiri.

Mr. Tom Mtine’s legacy is not merely confined to the many ‘firsts’ he achieved but also in the lasting impact he made on Zambia’s socio-economic landscape. His life is a testament to dedication, hard work, and an unwavering commitment to his country and community.

As we mourn the loss of this great man, let us also celebrate his incredible life and contribution to Zambia. Rest in peace, Tom Mtine. Your memory will forever be etched in the annals of our nation’s history.

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