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Former Zambian president dies

Saturday, June 18, 2011 - 01:36

June 18 - Controversial former Zambian president Frederick Chiluba dies. Andrew Raven reports.

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Zambia's first democratically-elected president is dead. Frederick Chiluba, who courted controversy both during and after his 10 years as president, was 68. The cause of death was not immediately clear. Chiluba suffered from a chronic heart problem and had been hospitalised in the past. A spokesman said he fell ill Friday night in the Zambian capital of Lusaka. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHILUBA'S SPOKESPERSON, EMMANUE MWAMBA: "His personal physician attended to him and he went into an attack just before midnight, ahh, his doctor tried to do all he could and sadly we lost the president at five minutes after midnight." A former trade unionist, Chiluba won Zambia's first multi-party presidential election in 1991. He was hailed a democrat for dismantling 27 years of single-party socialist rule. But he was also dogged by allegations of corruption. In 2007, a British court fined him $58 million for allegedly stealing public funds. But that ruling was not enforced in Zambia, where Chiluba was also acquitted on other corruption charges. Andrew Raven, Reuters

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Former Zambian president dies

Saturday, June 18, 2011 - 01:36