Zambia Denies Mwanawasa Death Rumour

Zambia denies the death rumor of Levy Mwanawsa after media reports suggested the Zambian president has passed away in Paris.


Speaking in a TV interview, Chief Government spokesman Mike Mulonguti dismissed the news of Mwanawasa’s death as untrue, saying that the President is now still “receiving treatment” in Paris and his condition “remains stable”.

Mulonguti, who is also Information Minister, said doctors attending to the president are happy with the progress made by Mwanawasa.

An update on the President’s conditions will be available at 6p.m. local time, he added.

According to a statement released by vice-President Rupiah Banda just a couple of hours ago, the Zambian leader spent a “satisfactory night” at the hospital and continued to receive treatment for hypertension.

South Africa’s Talk Radio 702 reported earlier that Mwanawasa died in a Paris hospital on Thursday after suffering a stroke four days ago.

The radio quoted a Zambian High Commission spokesman as saying that Mwanawasa died earlier on Thursday morning.

Sixty-year-old Mwanawasa, who suffered badly from a stroke in 2006, was taken to hospital in Egypt just before the African Union summit on Monday and Tuesday and then transferred to Paris.

According to the Zambian Constitution, a presidential election is to be called within 90 days if Mwanawasa dies in office.

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