Philip Kunda, a socialist originally from Zambia and an SWP member, has died from liver failure at the tragically early age of 36.
After coming from Zambia, Philip lived and studied in Ilkley and Bradford where he took a degree in youth and community work at Bradford College.
In recent years he moved to Peterborough where he worked in the youth and community service of the local authority. but he remained a student at Bradford, registered on a masters degree.
Philip had become a familiar figure around Bradford and Ilkley, where his warmth and friendliness made him popular among staff, students and the local community.
In recent years he became increasingly ill as his liver had been damaged by complications from malaria. He had a liver transplant last September but was unable to recover fully.
Philip was heavily involved in the Drop the Debt campaign and regularly filmed and interviewed participants.
Philip joined the SWP and did what he could to build links with African socialists.
His optimistic vision for the future and larger than life personality will be missed by all those who came into contact with him.
On behalf of staff, students and local socialists we send condolences to his wife, Christine Temba. Christine is trying to raise funds to fly his body home to Zambia.
Send donations to M Pearse, Bradford College, McMillan Building, Trinity Road, Bradford BD5 1AY.