Amos Chanda now says Lungu did not faint

President Edgar Lungu’s Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations Edgar Lungu says the Head of State is in good spirits.

In an interview with the BBC’s Focus on Africa programme from South Africa, Mr Chanda said President Lungu is in a jovial and relaxed mood as he under goes medical examination at Millpark Hospital.

‘He is in good spirits. I have just visited him at the hospital and he has just been telling me and the High Commissioner in South Africa why we are leaving him, he wanted to watch some TV with us,’ ,Mr Chanda said.

Mr Chanda said, ‘President Lungu is doing well. He is just from giving instructions to the Acting President to deal with the fuel shortage in Lusaka and that he proceeds with the activities he left behind.’

Mr Chanda also clarified that reports that President Lungu fainted during the International Women’s Day event in Lusaka are incorrect.

‘The President did not collapse. It was the narrowing of the food pipe that led to a low sugar condition that made him feel sick, he didn’t faint, he felt sick. The sugar level was so low and he was unable to proceed with the procession, and he felt dizzy and weak,’ Mr Chanda said.

He added, ‘You might wish to know that when they corrected that situation, 12 minutes later he returned to the podium and addressed the crowd and said bye to them so that he could seek further attention at the hospital and that is why am saying he did not faint because he wouldn’t have addressed the crowd if he fainted.’Screen Shot 2015-03-10 at 09.05.44

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