Acting President Mrs. Inonge Wina has authorised the evacuation of former Vice President Lupando Mwape to South Africa for specialist treatment.
According to a media statement released to the media by Ministry of Health Head of Media Relations Stanslous Ngosa, Mr Mwape, who has been in admission in the University Teaching Hospital for the last nine days, will be flown to South Africa Thursday morning.
Speaking from his hospital bed, Mr. Lupando thanked President Edgar Lungu and Mrs. Wina for the love and care showed to him.
Mr Mwape served as Vice-President of Zambia from 2004 to 2006 under President Levy Mwanawasa, who indicated that, had Mwape not been defeated in the 2006 parliamentary election, he would almost certainly have been re-appointed as Vice-President. Mwape was succeeded by Rupiah Banda, who became president on Mwanawasa’s death in 2008.
Last week President Edgar Lungu directed the Ministry of Health to evacuate People’s Party President Mike Mulongoti to South Africa for specialised treatment.
President Lungu said that he was concerned with the health of opposition leader and had directed the Ministry of Health to evacuate him to South Africa.
The Head of State had given the Ministry 48 hours to ensure that Mr. Mulongoti is evacuated for specialised treatment.
Mr. Mulongoti is now in South Africa undergoing treatment