President collapses after experiencing a sudden dizziness, State House confirms

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File: Zambian President Edgar Chagwa Lungu with his Zimbabwean counterpart President Emmerson Mnangagwa

State House has confirmed that President Edgar Lungu collapsed Sunday afternoon during the commemoration of Defence Forces Day.

In a statement, Secretary to Cabinet and Principal Private Secretary Dr. Simon Miti said President Lungu experienced a sudden dizziness but recovered immediately.

Dr Miti said that the Head of State then walked to his car and returned to State House.

Dr. Miti said the President wishes to assure the general public and all concerned citizens including the international community, that he is well and has continued to discharge his duties.

The four-hour ceremony took place at the Freedom Statute on Independence Avenue where the Defence Forces show-cased their military ware.

President Lungu also used the Commemoration to conduct an Investiture Ceremony to honour gallant men and women in Uniform.

Meanwhile, Zambia has today commemorated its 45th defence force day with a display of assorted land military hardware and a fly passed over the Freedom Statue area along Independence Avenue in Lusaka.

President Edgar Lungu has urged the defence force to remain politically neutral and to stay loyal to the constitution and the people of Zambia.

Speaking during the commemoration of the 45th defence force day at the Freedom Statue in Lusaka today, President Lungu said Zambia has the most dedicated defence force whose performance is above board.

“Your exemplary conduct to national duty cannot go unnoticed, as your Commander in Chief, I am proud of you. I urge you to continue being patriotic and loyal to the constitution, the government of the day and the people of Zambia,” the President said.

President Lungu also stated that government will continue supporting the defence force in acquiring modern equipment.

He has called for collaboration with other nations to ensure continued modernisation of the country’s defence force.

The Head of state has also applauded the women and men in uniform for supporting government programmes.

“Going forward, my government will continue to support the defence forces’ long term infrastructure and human resource development programmes,” he pledged.

President Lungu also commended defence forces for their positive response to government’s policy directive for the military to engage in agricultural activities.

– Lusaka Times


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