Former president Frederick Chiluba was admitted to hospital after collapsingÂ this morning, just days before he was to undergo medical tests to see if he was fit enough to face a graft trial.
His spokesman, Emmanuel Mwamba said Chiluba, who has previously been treated for a heart ailment while under investigation, collapsed in his bedroom on Thursday morning.
“The doctors are still conducting various tests to ascertain the cause of his collapse and whether his condition is serious,” Mwamba told Reuters.
Next Monday Chiluba, 64, was due to appear before a team of Zambian doctors to determine whether he was fit enough for the trial, which stalled in May last year due to his ill health.
Chiluba, has been restricted in his movements by government pending corruption cases against him.
The government has allowed him to travel to neighbouring South Africa where he has been receiving specialised medical treatment since May 2006. Mwamba said Chiluba was due to go to that country in June for review and treatment.
Three weeks ago British judge Peter Smith said Chiluba must personally pay back $41 million of the $46 million he and 19 other former senior government officials are accused of siphoning from the Treasury.
Smith ruled in a case Zambia brought in a British court, a move officials said was aimed at recovering properties Chiluba and his associates bought in that country, Belgium and other European nations using stolen public funds.
Chiluba has denied he or his associates stole funds during his decade-long rule and accuses Levy Mwanawasa and the British government of “engineering” the judgment against him. Chiluba also says he is also a victim of a political witch hunt by the president.