Army Offers Help in Tasila’s Death Probe

ZAMBIA Army Commander William Sikazwe says it is disheartening that a military officer allegedly went against oath of the military to brutally take away the very life he swore to protect.

Lieutenant General Sikazwe has described the killing of renowned medical doctor Tasila Tembo as disheartening.

Dr Tembo, 47, was allegedly brutally murdered by her estranged boyfriend, Lieutenant Nigel Mwaba.

The victim’s body was discovered in a decomposed state in the Nanking Army Battle Training Area in Lusaka East on Tuesday, days after she was reported missing.

Gen Sikazwe said in a statement yesterday that military police will help the Zambia Police to find the suspect, who is on the run after disappearing with the victim’s vehicle, an Isuzu KB250 double cab, registration number BAG 1966.

“The Zambia Army would like to assure the general public that military police are doing everything possible to help the civil police in locating the suspect, who has been absent without official leave since October 26, 2020,” he said.

Gen Sikazwe said an army officer is expected to be well disciplined and a protector of life.

He said once all investigations are done and the suspect is apprehended, the army allow the due process of justice to take its course.

Gen Sikazwe conveyed his condolences to the family of the slain doctor.

And during a valedictory ceremony at the University of Zambia Ridgeway campus yesterday, conducted by her fellow doctors, Dr Tembo was described by her friend of 30 years, Kebby Musokotwane as an inspiration.

Dr Musokotwane also described Dr Tembo as a role model who contributed greatly to the medical profession.

He said Dr Tembo had deep love for her family and friends.

“We are asking ourselves so many questions: why now, why her? But we remain without answers,” he said.

Dr Tembo had worked with in the private and public sectors, with her first posting being the Ndola Tecahing Hospital.

Her last job was at Right to Care Zambia-EQUIP, where she worked as technical and administrative coordinator for Northern Province.

Medical Women Association of Zambia president Sharon Kapambwe urged employers to look into the mental wellness of female doctors.

“Look into caring for that women doctor working long hours while pregnant,” Dr Kapambwe said.

Minister of Health Dr Chitalu Chilufya said Dr Tembo will be missed for championing health promoting programmes.

Dr Chilufya urged medical personnel to remember the family she has left behind and support them.

The remains of Dr Tembo were buried at Leopards Hill Memorial Park.


(Credit: Daily Mail)


  1. chileshe makasa

    Rest in peace my doctor.

  2. Acbupe

    May Dr Tembo’s Soul Rest In Peace

  3. Bereaved Patient

    A tragic loss of life…another stark remainder to all women and even men who experience violence that nobody is worth your life. Quit as soon as signs of violence appear in your relationship. Its always small sparks that lead to uncontrollable fires! RIP doc….

  4. Frank Chombela

    She was murdered Boko Haram-style by a Zambia Army officer. It’s unacceptable. Recruitment in the armed forces needs tightening. We cannot risk having criminals in the institutions that defend Zambia’s sovereignty.

  5. Smith miti

    May her soul rest in peace with the Almighty God

  6. Tikambepo

    This army officer he must be a PF cadre who has NO respect for human life…….may her soul rest in eternal peace.

  7. Amos

    May her soul rest in peace

  8. Lethal Weapon

    I can get him within 4 days,alive…you know wer to find me,we negotiate terms.

  9. Inutu

    To bad May her soul rest in peace

  10. JMS

    This is the time to we should strengthen the CID section mhsrip.

  11. Nat

    Tikambepo leave pf outta this.hav manners

  12. Pro Fate

    He will commit suicide. Don’t be surprised because he is a coward

  13. Joseph ndoma

    May her soul rest in peace

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