Former First lady Thandiwe Banda has been diagnosed with cancer.
Former President Rupiah Banda has confirmed this in an interview with ZNBC News in Lusaka.
Mrs. Banda has been in a South African hospital for more than two months undergoing chemotherapy treatment.
The Former President says his wife is responding well to treatment.
Mr. Banda said his wife would remain in South Africa for the next two months in order for her to finish her treatment.
This means that the former head of state will also be required to be with his wife most of the time despite the court cases he is going through.
Mr Banda was on Monday November 2, 2014 at court to answer some criminal charges against him.