IFJ Mourns Loss of African Union Leader
The International Federation of Journalists today expressed sadness at the "tragic loss" of Angels Banda, President of the Zambian Union of Journalists, as well as the first President of the Southern Africa Journalists Association that was launched last year. Angels Banda was killed on Friday in a car accident while attending a union-backed seminar near Lusaka. In a message to mourners at his funeral held on July 8th, IFJ General Secretary Aidan White said: "Angels' death is a tragic loss for journalists and unionists in Zambia and Southern Africa. Our thoughts are with his friends and family at this difficult time. We should build upon the foundations for unity and solidarity which Angels was leading in this region". The Southern Africa Journalists Association is meeting this weekend in Swaziland. "Inevitably, Angels' death casts a shadow over our work, but we will carry on the inspiring work he started", says Aidan White.