Top 10 Levy Mwanawasa Facts You Need To Know.
Levy Mwanawasa is regarded to be one of the best Presidents Zambia has ever had. Levy Mwanawasa’s main aim was to vindicate Zambia on all counts of corruption and poverty. It is evident that Mwanawasa had a better strategy as far as developing Zambia is concerned, as it is evident in today’s current economy. Many Zambians dearly miss Levy Mwanawasa and his departure was a great loss to Mother Zambia.
Here are some Levy Mwanawasa facts you might like.
- Levy Mwanawasa (3 September 1948 – 19 August 2008) was the third Republican President of Zambia.
- Levy Mwanawasa was born in Mufulira, Northern Rhodesia, as the second of 10 children.
- Levy Mwanawasa initiated a campaign to rid Zambia of corruption.
- Levy Mwanawasa served as vice-president of Zambia from 1991-1994 whilst being an elected Member of Parliament for Chifubu Constituency.
- Levy Mwanawasa held a law degree from the University of Zambia.
- Levy Mwanawasa worked in private law firms from 1974 until 1978 when he formed his own form: Mwanawasa & Company.
- Levy Mwanawasa in 1989 led the defense team for Lt. Gen Christon Tembo, who was accused by the Kenneth Kaunda government of conspiracy to overthrow the government, which was judged as an act of treason worthy of death penalty; Tembo won the case against the state, and Mwanawasa’s fame among the anti-Kaunda opposition grew.
- Before MMD’s convention in 1990, Mwanawasa was widely tipped to become the President of the MMD, but he declined the overture, citing his young age and inexperience. He opted instead to stand as a member of parliament and won with an overwhelming majority of the popular vote.
- On 8 December 1991 Mwanawasa was involved in a serious traffic accident in which his aide died on the spot. He suffered multiple body injuries and was flown to Johannesburg, South Africa for medical treatment. He remained hospitalized for three months. A lasting effect of the accident was his noticeably slurred speech. A commission of inquiry was set up to investigate who was responsible for the alleged assassination attempt.
- In February 2002, Mwanawasa’s government filed defamation charges against Zambia Post editor Fred M’membe and opposition lawmaker Dipak Patel for an article in which M’membe quoted Patel as calling Mwanawasa a ‘’cabbage’’, an apparent reference to his injuries.