10 Things You Didn’t Know About Edgar Lungu

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  1. Edgar Chagwa Lungu was born on 11 November 1956 at Ndola Central Hospital.
  2. He is a Zambian politician who has been the President of Zambia since January 2015.
  3. Lungu served as Minister of Justice and Minister of Defence under President Michael Sata,
  4. After graduating with a LL.B. in 1981 from the University of Zambia, he joined the law firm Andre Masiye and Company in Lusaka.
  5. Edgar subsequently underwent military officer training at Miltez in Kabwe under Zambia National Service (ZNS), He then returned to practising law. Edgar then joined politics.
  6. In 2010, Edgar Lungu had his law practicing licence suspended by the Law Association of Zambia after he was found guilty of professional misconduct
  7. He joined the United Party for National Development under the leadership of Anderson Mazoka, but later switched to the Patriotic Front (PF) led by party founder Michael Sata.
  8. Following Sata’s death in October 2014, Lungu was adopted as the candidate of the ruling Patriotic Front for the January 2015 presidential by-election, which was to determine who would serve out the remainder of Sata’s term. In the election, he narrowly defeated opposition candidate Hakainde Hichilema and took office on 25 January 2015.
  9. Lungu was sworn in as President of Zambia on 25 January 2015 at the National Heroes Stadium in the capital Lusaka.
  10. In March 2015 Edgar collapsed while holding a speech commemorating International Women’s Day in Lusaka. After spending a short while in a Zambian hospital he had an operation for his narrowed oesophagus in Pretoria, South Africa