Zambian president's collapse not due to malaria: officials

LUSAKA - Officials in Zambia said further tests have shown that malaria was not the cause the president's collapse during a public ceremony over the weekend.

A statement on Monday from the Zambian President Edgar Lungu's assistant, Amos Chanda, said medical tests ruled out a full malaria infection.

Lungu was delivering a speech to commemorate International Women's Day at Heroes Stadium in the capital Lusaka on Sunday when he felt ill. A statement following the incident said that a snap diagnosis had revealed malaria and fatigue.

Chanda said further tests had shown that the president's blood sugar levels had dropped significantly, which lead to his collapse. The statement said Lungu has a history of a condition that narrows his esophagus, or food pipe, which led to his low sugar levels.

Comments (14)

What else would you expect of a spiritual son of presi Mugabe. He committed himself too much and too far.

Izikiel - 9 March 2015


Hwande - 9 March 2015

You have to be terminally ill to be a Zambian President.

Lundazi - 9 March 2015

He is following in the foot-steps of his GOD-FATHER who predicted his victory before total results cleared.

Mukanya - 9 March 2015

We continue to pray for our leaders... not to die, but to rule until they are nonagenarians.

kunda kinde - 9 March 2015

What is happening in Zambia? Can someone pursuade someone to apply for this job?

Tahir Iqbal - 9 March 2015

The guy is sick and i doubt if he will be elected next year which i think will be a good idea . He is not fit and must stay at home to eat his medicine to stay alive .Let Hichilema take over .

Diibulaanyika - 9 March 2015

This is AFRICA. One can be zambian President at own risk. "get well soon Mr President."

X-MAN IV - 9 March 2015

Zambian luck!! Chiluba - 2011, Mwanawasa - 2008, Banda - 2001, Sata - 2012. Buy KK still alive!! So don't expect Mad Bob to die anytime soon.

Zuze - 9 March 2015

in Zimbabwe deputy presidents passed on ,in Zambia its the presidents they die . I wish that can be the reverse .imbopaonai machinda hapana kuchena.luck u Mujuru now mr Ngwena watch !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

gomba - 10 March 2015

Too much Chikokiana and Kachasu kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

Kachasu/Chikokiana - 10 March 2015

Zvavo vamwe vane ma president anorwara uye zvakare

Ndini uya uya - 10 March 2015

all Zambian presidents die early, I wish if that was zim

accuracy - 10 March 2015

The statement said Lungu has a history of a condition that narrows his esophagus, or food pipe, which led to his low sugar levels. nevr heard such hogwash in my life,he had too much to drink simple

thor - 10 March 2015

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