‘Kenyan women can only lead chamas not countries’ Shout Kenyan men

The morning debate was based on  whether it is time for Kenyans to elect a woman for President given that women are more goal oriented.

Many people argued that women are their worst enemy and many do not celebrate when a fellow woman is thriving.

Men also argued that if women put aside their jealousy and pride they would really make good presidents, but for now that will remain a dream for many.

Here are the callers contributions on the topic

“Have you ever sat to think about what Kenya would be if Akothee would be President,Or Millie Adhiambo akikasirika anatoa panty bunge.

Some women are so bad but we also have good women like Njoki Ndugu even now women are being chosen as women reps because such positions are set aside for women .

Otherwise they would not be voted in,women are their worst enemy.”

‘I bought a wedding dress only for him to marry his bae of 9 years,’ cries woman

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Akothee during a past performance at Paparemo beach

Another adds

“Over powering a woman will only bring trouble to society because an empowered woman feels like they cannot be controlled by a man.”

Another caller adds

“We are already seeing what the women are doing while at the helm of power ,just recently a female judge allowed women to inherit land from their fathers.”

Men are under siege.”

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta prepares to address a news conference after attending the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) summit in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, September 13, 2016. REUTERS/Feisal Omar
Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta prepares to address a news conference after attending the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) summit in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, September 13, 2016. REUTERS/Feisal Omar

Another male caller strongly states that a woman cannot be a President

“The only place a woman can lead is kwa chama yao ,hii kngine hawezani.”

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Dashing photos of sahle-work zewde, first female President in Ethiopia

Ethiopian members of parliament have elected Sahle-Work Zewde as the country’s first female president,the first woman ever elected for such a post.

Ms Sahle-Work is an experienced diplomat who has now become Africa’s only female head of state.

Ms Sahle-Work is an experienced diplomat who has now become Africa’s only female head of state.

Her election to the ceremonial position comes a week after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed appointed a cabinet with half the posts taken up by women.

After being sworn in, President Sahle-Work promised to work hard to make gender equality a reality in Ethiopia.

Addressing parliament, she also pledged to promote peace:

“I urge you all, to uphold our peace, in the name of a mother, who is the first to suffer from the absence of peace .in the name of a mother, who is the first to suffer from the absence of peace.”

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The new president was keen to make a point about gender equality right from the start, telling MPs that if they thought she was talking too much about women, she had only just begun.

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There may now be male-female parity in the new cabinet but elsewhere there is still a long way to go.

Ms Sahle-Work’s appointment has been welcomed by Ethiopians on social media with many calling it “historic”.

She has been described as Ethiopia’s first female head of state of the modern era, with some remembering Empress Zewditu who governed the country in the early part of the 20th Century.

Ms Sahle-Work was voted in after the unexpected resignation of her predecessor, Mulatu Teshome.

The prime minister’s chief of staff, Fitsum Arega, tweeted that

“in a patriarchal society such as ours, the appointment of a female head of state not only sets the standard for the future but also normalises women as decision-makers in public life”.

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President Sahle-Work has served as an ambassador for Ethiopia in Senegal and Djibouti. She has also held a number of UN positions, including head of peace-building in the Central African Republic (CAR).

Immediately before becoming president, Ms Sahle-Work was the UN representative at the African Union.

In the Ethiopian constitution, the post of president is ceremonial with the prime minister holding the political power.

The last African female head of state was Mauritian President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, who resigned in March over an expenses scandal. She denied any wrong doing.

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Tanzanian president sweeps streets on independence day

Tanzanian President John Magufuli surprised onlookers Wednesday when he walked out of State House to collect rubbish off the streets, after cancelling independence day celebrations for a national cleanup.

Magufuli, who took power last month after winning October 25 elections, has introduced a swathe of austerity cuts and crackdowns on public corruption.

Dozens of fishermen joined in the clean up with their president, who shovelled leaves and plastic rubbish close to a fish market near the presidential palace as a crowd of hundreds looked on, an AFP reporter at the scene said.

“Let us work together to keep our country, cities, homes and workplaces clean, safe and healthy,” the smiling Magufuli said, as he picked up litter with his hands.

Street cleaning took place across the economic capital Dar es Salaam, with plumes of smoke rising into the sky as residents burned piles of litter.

Tanzania is also struggling to stem a major cholera outbreak, which health officials said last month had infected nearly 10,000 people and killed 150.

The Citizen newspaper carried a cartoon showing Tanzania’s national flag waving on a sweeping brush as the flag pole.

“Tanzania has changed – this is a new Tanzania, ” said Anyitike Mwakitalima, a resident of Dar es Salaam, as he took a break cleaning a stretch of beach.

Former president Jakaya Kikwete, who stepped down in November after serving his two-term limit, took part in cleaning in his home town of Chalinze sweeping and gathering rubbish.

“I am happy with his exercise. Let us give our president full support in his campaign to fight cholera and other communicable diseases,” Kikwete told national television, adding that he was impressed with his successor, who is from the same political party.

“I am very happy with measures he is taking to curb inefficiency, tax evasion and other malpractices in public offices, I am very proud of him,” Kikwete said.

Since Magufuli took office, some officials have been jailed for lateness, the head of the tax authority has been suspended and the use of public funds to pay for Christmas and New Year greeting cards banned.

Annual independence celebrations usually see military parades, choirs and traditional dances at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam. Tanzania, then Tanganyika, won independence from Britain on December 9, 1961.

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Tanzania’s Magufuli sworn in as president

Tanzania’s new President John Magufuli was sworn into office Thursday along with the East African nation’s first female vice-president to huge cheers from crowds.

Magufuli’s win in the October 25 poll with over 58 percent of votes cemented the long-running Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party’s firm grip on power.

Vice-President Samia Suluhu Hassan, who comes from Zanzibar, was also sworn in at a stadium in the economic capital Dar es Salaam, an AFP reporter at the ceremony said.

Elections were largely peaceful, but the opposition said the vote was rigged and also claimed victory, while semi-autonomous Zanzibar — which also voted for its own president — annulled polls over irregularities.

Outgoing President Jakaya Kikwete has said he is “so happy” to be leaving his job after a decade in power, having stepped aside after serving his two-term limit.

Magufuli, a 56-year old former chemistry teacher, ran on an anti-corruption platform, securing a convincing victory over his closest rival, ex prime minister Edward Lowassa who won 40 percent.

Those at the ceremony included African Union chairman, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, as well as regional leaders including Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta, Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni and Rwanda’s Paul Kagame.

Other neighbouring leaders included Filipe Nyusi of Mozambique and Zambia’s Edgar Lungu. South Africa’s Jacob Zuma was also present.

On Zanzibar, opposition supporters on the Indian Ocean archipelago said they were “unhappy” that the mainland had pressed ahead with the swearing in ceremony.

Zanzibar’s electoral commission ruled last week that the October 25 vote on the islands — where the 500,000 registered voters also cast ballots for Tanzania’s national president — must be carried out again, citing “violations” of electoral law.

The annulment came after a key candidate, Seif Sharif Hamad of the opposition Civic United Front (CUF), declared himself the winner before the results were officially announced.

Homemade bombs exploded in Zanzibar town over the weekend. No one was wounded, but the explosions sparked concern on the islands, whose economy is dependent on foreign tourists.

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Mauritius designates first woman president

The government of Mauritius on Monday designated Ameenah Gurib-Fakim as the Indian Ocean island nation’s new president, making her the first woman to hold the ceremonial position.

The appointment of Gurib-Fakim, an internationally-renowned scientist and biologist, is subject to parliament approval, due to take place on Thursday.

The opposition has said it will support her appointment, making the vote a mere formality.Her inauguration is expected to take place on Friday, officials said.

Gurib-Fakim, 56, will be the first female president of the island, which gained independence from Britain in 1968 and which replaced Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state in 1992.

Former president Kailash Purryag, who had been put in place by the previous government, stepped down as the island’s figurehead on Friday.

He had served as president since July 2012, when he was appointed by the island’s previous Labour party government of former premier Navin Ramgoolam.

The previous government had fought the elections on a platform of delivering constitutional reform — notably with a divisive proposal to strengthen presidential powers.

Ramgoolam himself had hoped to eventually run for the new, strengthened position. Since his election defeat Purryag has been seen as an unwanted figurehead, while Ramgoolam has been embroiled in corruption allegations that have shocked the country.

Mauritius is one of the richest — and least corrupt — countries in Africa, a middle-income country of some 1.3 million people with a per capita GDP of just over $9,000 (7,200 euros).

Once dependent on sugar exports, the island has built up a strong outsourcing and financial services sector, and an important tourism industry.

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US President Obama Finally Joins Twitter

Six years into his Presidency, US President Barrack Obama has joined twitter.

His official handle is @potus. Within a few hours of joining he got over a million followers, with the number now standing at slightly over 1.5 M.

His first tweet read :

 And then he went one to joke with former President Bill Clinton

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Thousands protest presidential election results in Togo

Thousands of opposition supporters marched through the Togolese capital on Saturday to protest the results of presidential elections that extended the Gnassingbe family’s nearly five decades in power.

Observers have called the April 25 election free and transparent and the United Nations has approved of the conduct of the vote, but the opposition in the west African nation of some seven million people has labelled the results fraudulent.

President Faure Gnassingbe won a third term in office with 59 percent of the ballots while his closest rival, longtime opposition leader Jean-Pierre Fabre, finished with 35 percent.

“We need people to be aware of the seriousness of the situation and that, together, we are working to stop it,” Fabre, who has declared himself the elected president, told AFP on Saturday.

Adele Wavisso, a 32-year-old bread seller among the protesters in Lome, said “those in power know very well that we did not vote for Faure. Our president is Fabre, and we will not give up.”

The opposition has said it decided not to challenge the results at Togo’s Constitutional Court because it was biased in favour of the president.

Gnassingbe’s father, Gnassingbe Eyadema, seized power in a coup and ruled with an iron fist for 38 years over the former German- and French-administered colony until his death in 2005.

The military then installed his son as leader and elections later that year were marred by allegations of rigging as well as violence which left up to 500 people dead and thousands injured.

Gnassingbe then won 2010 elections that the opposition also declared fraudulent but which were judged acceptable by the international community.

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Why Burundi’s President Needs To Step Aside – Mwalimu King’ang’i

Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza faced an attempted coup Wednesday while he was in Tanzania attending a special EAC summit to discuss his bid for a third term. Thousands of residents in the capital Bujumbura celebrated the radio announcement from  Major General Godefroid Niyombare.

Mwalimu King’ang’i on this morning’s show with Maina, was not his usual funny self but he had a moving message why Nkurunziza needs to step aside. Mwalimu quotes the late Professor George Saitoti with his famous, ‘there comes a time when a country is more important than an individual.’

King’ang’i says that when the presidential term is over, then he should step aside. No blood should be shed nor more refugee camps created just because he ( Nkurunziza) wants to seek more control, he concludes.

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Kerry in Kenya calls for unity to defeat terrorism

US Secretary of State John Kerry called for unity in the face of terror attacks Monday, as he visited a memorial in Kenya to the 1998 bombing of the US embassy.

The embassy bombing by Al-Qaeda was the worst attack in the east African nation by Islamist militants, killing 213 people.

“The terrorists who struck on August 7, 1998 failed utterly in their purpose, which was to implant fear in the hearts of the Kenyan people and to divide America from the citizens of this country,” Kerry said.

“They failed for the same reason that terrorists will always fail. Yes they can reduce a building to rubble, and yes they can even deprive innocent people of their lives, but they do not give anyone anything of what really makes life worthwhile.”

Last month Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shebab gunmen massacred close to 150 people, mostly students, in a raid on a university in the northeastern Kenyan town of Garissa.

The raid followed a string of other massacres in the northeast and Muslim-majority coastal areas, and after the September 2013 siege of the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi which left at least 67 dead.

“We know that the struggle in which we are all engaged now is not going to be over soon — nearly two years ago at Westgate mall, five weeks ago at Garissa university and at other times,” the top US diplomat said.

“Words are not sufficient to express our sorrow, our outrage, or our wish that we can somehow reverse time and bring all the victims back.”

Kerry arrived in Kenya on Sunday for talks on security cooperation and ahead of US President Barack Obama’s visit to his late father’s home country.

The fight against Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab militants features high on the agenda, with Kenya struggling to stop increased cross-border attacks by the militants even though it has thousands of troops in southern Somalia.

“We do have however the power to fight back, not only with our military and law enforcement, but also through something that may be even more powerful and that may make a bigger difference in the end, and that is our unity and the character of our ideals,” Kerry said.

“Unlike some we do not define ourselves in terms of hate. We are builders, we are teachers, we are dreamers, we are doers.”

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Protestors, police clash in Burundi capital: witnesses

Police in the central African nation of Burundi on Sunday clashed with small groups of protestors, witnesses said, the day after the president was declared as candidate for a controversial third term.

An AFP correspondent said there were small demonstrations in several parts of the capital despite a government ban, with at least one outbreak of stone-throwing and anti-riot police beating back around 100 protestors trying to reach the city centre.

In the Cibitoke area, an AFP reporters said protestors pelted police with stones after they arrested a demonstrator.

“We threw stones to try and free our friend. This is a peaceful protest, we were only singing and they charged,” said one of the protestors, who did not give his name.

At least two police were wounded and two youths arrested, and police fired live rounds in the air in a bid to disperse the crowd.

Witnesses reported similar small-scale clashes in two other districts of the capital.

The protests come the day after President Pierre Nkurunziza was declared the ruling party’s candidate for a third term in office.

Opposition figures and rights groups say the move is unconstitutional and say the president’s effort to cling to power could push Burundi — which emerged from civil war in 2006 — back into violence.

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Togo votes for a new president

Togo votes for a new president on Saturday, with the incumbent Faure Gnassingbe seeking a third term in office to extend his family’s grip on power into a second half-century.

Polling stations in the tiny West African nation open at 0700 GMT, with some 9,000 police and soldiers on patrol, and with borders shut until Sunday morning for security reasons.

Gnassingbe, 48, has been in power since the death of his father, Gnassingbe Eyadema, in 2005, winning contested elections that year and five years later.

Fears of election-linked violence are still fresh in the memory in Togo after some 500 people were killed and thousands more injured in the disputed 2005 vote, according to the UN.

The government announced the closure of land borders from 2100 GMT on Friday until 0600 GMT on Sunday “to ensure optimal security conditions” for the elections.

Armoured military vehicles were seen in the streets of the capital, Lome, on Friday, AFP journalists reported.

Some 3.5 million of Togo’s seven million people are registered to vote. They will choose between Gnassingbe and his beaten opponent from last time round, opposition leader Jean-Pierre Fabre.

On the campaign trail, Gnassingbe vaunted his introduction of free primary schools and infrastructure projects such as new roads.

But Fabre, who heads a five-party coalition called Combat for Political Change (CAP 2015), has called for regime change after 48 years of unbroken rule by the president and his father before him.

Few people in the former French colony have felt the benefit of recent economic growth and according to the government, unemployment is running at 29 percent.

Years of sanctions imposed by international bodies such as the European Union during Gnassingbe Eyadema’s autocratic regime have hit business and education, the administration maintains.

Faure Gnassingbe is considered the clear favourite going into the vote given the power of incumbency and the backing of the military, most of whom come from his home region in the north.

But Fabre is hoping for a repeat of the recent opposition victory of Muhammadu Buhari in Nigeria and the departure of neighbouring Burkina Faso’s Blaise Compaore last year after a popular uprising.

Gnassingbe won 60.88 percent of the vote against Fabre’s 33.93 percent in 2010. Some analysts believe the result could be closer if the opposition leader is able to mobilise stay-at-home voters.

Complaints about irregularities in the electoral register, including ghost voters, forced a 10-day postponement to the election.

More than 1,200 election observers, including from the West African bloc ECOWAS, the African Union and Togolese civil society, will be on hand to monitor voting.

The current ECOWAS chairman, Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama, said this week that “the entire international community is watching” and called on candidates to accept the result.

Five candidates in all are contesting the election, which is held in one round.

One smaller opposition party has called for a boycott of the vote on the grounds that long-called-for constitutional reforms have not been obtained.

Currently there are no limits to the presidential mandate. The opposition has called for a two-term limit.

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NYS pass out parade (Photos)

President Kenyatta spoke today during the pass-out parade for 10,736 recruits at the National Youth Service College in Gilgil, Nakuru County.

He also challenged youth, who are growing up in a fast-changing world, to rise and take charge of their destiny and that of the nation.

The President told youth to reach out to their MCAs, MPs, Governors and every relevant department in government to ensure that they get all the help they needed.  President Kenyatta affirmed Government’s commitment to empowering the youth with skills and knowledge that enable them participate in transformative economic activities.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta congratulates persons with disabilities after the passing-out parade of the National Youth Service Recruits at the NYS College, Gilgil, Nakuru County

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President Uhuru Kenyatta in a jig with graduates after the passing-out parade at the NYS College, Gilgil, Nakuru County

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President Uhuru Kenyatta escorted by Devolution by Director General, National Youth Service Dr. Nelson Githinji arrive for the National Youth Service (NYS) recruits pass-out parade at the NYS College, Gilgil, Nakuru County

 

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Nigeria’s Goodluck Jonathan publicly concedes election

Nigeria’s Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday publicly conceded defeat in the presidential election to Muhammadu Buhari, expressing his gratitude for the opportunity to lead the nation.

“I thank all Nigerians once again for the great opportunity I was given to lead this country and assure you that I will continue to do my best at the helm of national affairs until the end of my tenure,” he said in a statement.

“I have conveyed my personal best wishes to General Muhammadu Buhari.”

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This is why U.S President Barrack Obama will visit Kenya in July

President Barack Obama is set to visit Nairobi in July for Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Africa and globally.

In a statement said by the U.S ambassador to Kenya Bob Godec, the white house wants to hear ideas on how to start the spark of entrepreneurship in Africa.

It said that this was to empower marginalized groups, especially women and youth, through entrepreneurship.

Applications for the Global Entrepreneurship competition ran in conjunction with the US Department of State closed on   March 20, 2015 .

This competition is the flagship program of the Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) Initiative. The competition, is focused on young scientists, innovators, and entrepreneurs, aged between 18-40 years old, who have either an idea or start-up in the subject areas of Agriculture, Energy, Health or Information and communication technologies.

Where is president Vladimir Putin?

Rumours are swirling in Moscow over the health of Vladimir Putin after the Russian president disappeared from view and put off a foreign visit. Mr Putin has not been seen in public for a week and an official in Kazakhstan told reporters that he postponed a visit to the central Asian country on Wednesday because he had fallen ill. He will also not appear at an annual meeting of high-ranking officers from the

Federal Security Service on Thursday, which he has attended in past years. Reporters last saw the president when he met Matteo Renzi, the Italian prime minister, on March 5. Photographs of Mr Putin meeting officials one-on-one have been put on the Kremlin website since then but his gathering with a group of women for International Women’s Day on March 8 actually took place three days earlier, according to one participant.

Dmitry Peskov, the president’s spokesman, moved to scotch speculation about his boss’s health on Thursday, referring to another rumour that Igor Sechin, the powerful head of the state-owned Rosneft oil company, was about to be sacked. “As soon as the sun comes and it starts to smell of spring, these things flare up,” he said. “Someone imagines Sechin’s resigning, someone the government, and someone doesn’t see the president on the television for a few days.”

Mr Peskov said that Mr Putin was “absolutely” healthy and that he was conducting meetings “constantly, but they are not all public”. Asked if the president’s handshake was strong, he told the Ekho Moskvy radio station: “He’s breaking hands. There’s no need to worry,” Mr Peskov added. “Everything is fine.” It is not the first time that questions have been asked about Mr Putin’s health.

 

PSG set to win Champions League – Platini

UEFA President Michel Platini predicted on Thursday that Paris Saint-Germain were destined to go all the way and win the Champions League after advancing to the quarter-finals past Chelsea.

The Qatar-backed Ligue 1 club overcame the early dismissal of star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night to knock Chelsea out on away goals after extra time.

“I am not surprised that PSG, even with one man down, beat Chelsea,” Platini said in Lyon on the sidelines of a committee meeting for Euro 2016, to be hosted by France.

“It’s a great achievement. They are already ready to win the tournament, they have the team to win it. They are programmed to do so,” the Frenchman added.

Held 1-1 in their last 16, first leg, tie at the Parc des Princes, the Parisians advanced by twice coming from behind in the second leg.

Captain Thiago Silva scored an extra-time header for 10-man PSG to clinch a 2-2 draw, leaving it all square at 3-3 over the two legs and sending the Parisians through on away goals.

The French press hailed the achievement on Thursday which sports daily L’Equipe headlined as ‘Heroic’.

“A Capital Exploit,” the newspaper continued, saying the victory “was among the most glorious nights in the Parisian club’s history”, on a par with victories over Real Madrid in 1993 and Barcelona in 1995 when they reached the semi-finals of Europe’s elite competition.

“The Parisians qualified for the Champions League quarter-finals by being stronger than Chelsea and fewer on the pitch,” L’Equipe said. “Above all, don’t stop,” it urged.

PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi agreed that the PSG “project was on the right track”.

“Qualifying here (in London), against (Jose) Mourinho’s Chelsea was difficult. Before the game, I told the players face to face that we could do it. Everyone believed it. I’m very proud,” said the Qatari businessman.

“We played over 95 minutes as warriors, in an incredible atmosphere which made us think we were at home.

“Since we bought the club (in 2011), we have believed in our European ambitions. After beating a team such as Chelsea, I believe we can go far. Our project is on the right track.”

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Zambian president leaves hospital after collapse

Zambian President Edgar Lungu, who collapsed at an International Women’s Day event Sunday, has left hospital ahead of a trip abroad for specialist treatment, his office has announced.

“The seven doctors attending to the president reached a consensus that they were satisfied that the president was in good enough condition to return home,” spokesman Amos Chanda said late Monday.

A decision would be made Tuesday about when Lungu should leave for the specialist treatment recommended by his doctors, he added.

The presidency initially said Lungu was receiving treatment for malaria but then disclosed that he was suffering from achalasia, or a narrowing of the oesophagus, which led to his collapse.

Chanda said Lungu, 58, who fell after standing for about 20 minutes during Sunday’s ceremony, had previously had the same condition corrected 30 years ago, but that it had recurred.

Lungu won a snap election in late January after the death in office of president Michael Sata in October.

Sata was Zambia’s second leader to die in office in six years, sparking calls for presidential hopefuls to undergo medical checks to guarantee their fitness.

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