Tuesday, August 19, 2008

President Mwanawasa Dies

Ever since the President suffered a stroke at the end of June and was transferred to France for treatment, there has been rumour and discussion as to the state of his health and whether he would ever be able to act as president in the future. No photos were shown of him in hospital and the government came under attack for their tepid comments on the issue. Well now that is all at an end. Today it was announced that President Levy Mwanawasa of Zambia died around 10.30 am local time. Seven days of mourning start today although exactly what that means is unclear. Zambia has only had three presidents since it became an independent nation and Mwanawasa is the first to pass away. Constitutionally presidential elections have to be held within 90 days so the coming weeks will be vital ones for Zambia. A poor nation, Zambia has nonetheless been stable and peaceful and economic progress was being made. Please pray for the country's continued political and economic stability and for peaceful elections.


Blogger Deb said...

Hello Graham and Sarah. I just received Sarah's reply to my first correspondence to you since you left for Z. Shame on me. So glad to be added to your email list. I just finished reading every blog entry and so enjoyed them. We'll be praying for you as you are beginning your second year over there. Love, Debby (for the Syres family)

August 20, 2008 11:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Melvilles,
We can be in prayer for Zambia during this time of transition.

August 29, 2008 2:34 PM  

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