Ex-Defence Minister BY Mwila Dies

Ben MwilaFormer defence minister in the Fredrick Chiluba government Benjamin Yorum Mwila is dead.

Mwila, 70, is fondly known as BY and was one of Zambia’s richest men in the country around the early 1990s. He died in South Africa yesterday and is survived by several children.

BY was very instrumental in funding the Movement for Multi-Party Democracy to victory in 1991 after which he served as one of Chiluba’s most trusted Cabinet ministers between 1991 and 1997.

He later formed Zambia Republic Party on whose ticket tourist minister Sylvia Masebo first won a place in Parliament.

In July last year, Mwila lost two children Lily Musonda Mwila and Yoram Mwila following a fatal road accident on June 09, 2012.

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