10 things you didn’t know about Levy Patrick Mwanawasa

  1. Levy Patrick Mwanawasa was the third Republican President of Zambia. He ruled the country from January 2002 until his death in August 2008.
  2. He was born in Mufulira, Northern Rhodesia, as the second of 10 children.
  3. Mwanawasa held a law degree from the University of Zambia.
  4. He worked in private law firms from 1974 until 1978 when he formed his own firm: Mwanawasa & Company.
  5. In 1985, Mwanawasa served as Solicitor General in the Zambian government but he went back to private practice in 1986.
  6. 1989, he led the legal defence 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 the death penalty; Tembo won the case against the state, and Mwanawasa’s fame among the anti-Kaunda opposition grew.
  7. 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.
  8. In April 2006, Mwanawasa experienced a mild stroke.
  9. Due to Mwanawasa’s incapacitation, Banda became acting President.
  10. On 3 July 2008 news outlets began reporting that Mwanawasa had died in a Paris hospital due to his stroke.