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Levy Mwanawasa was the third President of Zambia

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BirthdaySeptember 3, 1948
Died onAugust 19, 2008
NationalityZambian
FamousMember of Parliament, Zambian Leaders, Leaders, Presidents
SpousesMaureen Mwanawasa
Universities
  • University of Zambia
Birth PlaceMufulira
Political Ideology3rd President of Zambia - 2 January 2002 – 19 August 2008, Political party - MMD
ReligionProtestantism
GenderMale
Sun SignVirgo
Born inMufulira
Famous asMember of Parliament
Died at Age59

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Who is Levy Mwanawasa?

Levy Mwanawasa was the third President of Zambia. He came from humble beginnings and constantly worked hard throughout his academic and legal career. Once he graduated with a law degree and passed the bar, it only took him a few years to open up a firm of his own. He quickly gained public and political attention and went on to serve political positions while going back and forth to his career in law. He was so well-known for his skill that he even represented the vice president of his country in a case against the state. When Zambian president Kenneth Kaunda allowed multi-party system, he joined the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) and was pushed forward into a leadership position. He became vice-president under the presidency of President Chiluba but eventually bowed out of the position due to the administration’s political manipulation and corruption. As per Zambia’s constitution a President can remain in office for a maximum of two terms. When President Chiluba failed to change the constitution to secure for a third term for himself, he made the decision to appoint Mwanawasa as the next presidential candidate hoping that Mwanawasa would be his puppet. However, once Levy Mwanawasa became president, he was far from being a puppet and exposed all of the previous administrations wrongdoings while taking his country onto the path of progress

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Childhood & Early Life

Levy Mwanawasa was born on September 3, 1948, in Mufulira, in Northern Rhodesia. He had nine brothers and sisters.

For his early education, he attended Chiwala Secondary School in Ndola district. In 1970, he enrolled into the University of Zambia (Lusaka) to study law. He received his Bachelor of Law degree in 1973.

Career

His career began in 1974 directly after graduation. He became a legal assistant for a private law firm in Ndola.

He continued working for various private law firms for the next four years. In 1978, he decided to form his own law firm, Mwanawasa & Company.

In 1982, he became the vice-chairman of the Law Association of Zambia.

In 1985, he became the solicitor general of Zambia for the next year. He was serving under the presidency of Kenneth Kaunda during a time of political and economic turmoil.

In 1989, he represented the former vice-president Lieutenant General Christon Tembo in a case. Tembo was charged with plotting a coup against then president Kenneth Kaunda. Mwanawasa successfully defended Tembo in the case.

In 1990, when President Kaunda allowed for creation of opposition parties in Zambia, Mwanawasa joined the newly created Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD).

The MMD won the 1991 presidential elections under the leadership of Frederick Chiluba and Mwanawasa became vice president.

In 1994, he decided to resign from his position as vice-president as he felt that he was being sidelined in the government. He left politics for a short time and returned to his legal practice.

In 2001, when as per the Zambian constitution, the then President Chiluba couldn’t contest for the third term as president, Mwanawasa was chosen as the party’s next presidential candidate. He won a closely fought election.

On January 2, 2002, he was sworn into office and he quickly launched a campaign against previous regime’s corruption. He distanced himself from the former president by withdrawing the parliamentary immunity to the former leader and appointed numerous opposition lawmakers to his cabinet.

In 2006, he ran for his second term as president and was re-elected again. Later that year, his health began to deteriorate.

Major Works

President Mwanawasa launched a major anticorruption campaign. Paired with his policies of fiscal austerity, he was able to win over Western donors. His favorable policies attracted lots of foreign investment into the country.

Awards & Achievements

In September 2007 he was given an honorary doctorate by the Harding University, Arkansas.

Personal Life & Legacy

He married Maureen Mwanawasa in 1988. Together they had seven children, five of their own and two from his first marriage.

He died on 19 August 2008, at the age of 59, due to complications from a stroke

Trivia

He had a serious car accident in December 1991. Due to the accident, he was hospitalized for a period of time and developed a speech impediment. Many believe the accident was actually an assassination attempt.

He was nicknamed “The Cabbage” due to his speech impairment. In 2002, after he attained power he filed defamation charges against the Zambia Post editor for an article using this term against him

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Levy Mwanawasa biography timelines

  • // 3rd Sep 1948
    Levy Mwanawasa was born on September 3, 1948, in Mufulira, in Northern Rhodesia. He had nine brothers and sisters.
  • // 1970 To 1973
    For his early education, he attended Chiwala Secondary School in Ndola district. In 1970, he enrolled into the University of Zambia (Lusaka) to study law. He received his Bachelor of Law degree in 1973.
  • // 1974
    His career began in 1974 directly after graduation. He became a legal assistant for a private law firm in Ndola.
  • // 1978
    He continued working for various private law firms for the next four years. In 1978, he decided to form his own law firm, Mwanawasa & Company.
  • // 1982
    In 1982, he became the vice-chairman of the Law Association of Zambia.
  • // 1985
    In 1985, he became the solicitor general of Zambia for the next year. He was serving under the presidency of Kenneth Kaunda during a time of political and economic turmoil.
  • // 1988
    He married Maureen Mwanawasa in 1988. Together they had seven children, five of their own and two from his first marriage.
  • // 1989
    In 1989, he represented the former vice-president Lieutenant General Christon Tembo in a case. Tembo was charged with plotting a coup against then president Kenneth Kaunda. Mwanawasa successfully defended Tembo in the case.
  • // 1990
    In 1990, when President Kaunda allowed for creation of opposition parties in Zambia, Mwanawasa joined the newly created Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD).
  • // 1991
    The MMD won the 1991 presidential elections under the leadership of Frederick Chiluba and Mwanawasa became vice president.
  • // Dec 1991
    He had a serious car accident in December 1991. Due to the accident, he was hospitalized for a period of time and developed a speech impediment. Many believe the accident was actually an assassination attempt.
  • // 1994
    In 1994, he decided to resign from his position as vice-president as he felt that he was being sidelined in the government. He left politics for a short time and returned to his legal practice.
  • // 2001
    In 2001, when as per the Zambian constitution, the then President Chiluba couldn’t contest for the third term as president, Mwanawasa was chosen as the party’s next presidential candidate. He won a closely fought election.
  • // 2002
    He was nicknamed “The Cabbage” due to his speech impairment. In 2002, after he attained power he filed defamation charges against the Zambia Post editor for an article using this term against him
  • // 2nd Jan 2002
    On January 2, 2002, he was sworn into office and he quickly launched a campaign against previous regime’s corruption. He distanced himself from the former president by withdrawing the parliamentary immunity to the former leader and appointed numerous opposition lawmakers to his cabinet.
  • // 2006
    In 2006, he ran for his second term as president and was re-elected again. Later that year, his health began to deteriorate.
  • // Sep 2007
    In September 2007 he was given an honorary doctorate by the Harding University, Arkansas.
  • // 19th Aug 2008
    He died on 19 August 2008, at the age of 59, due to complications from a stroke

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Levy Mwanawasa's FAQ

  • What is Levy Mwanawasa birthday?

    Levy Mwanawasa was born at 1948-09-03

  • When was Levy Mwanawasa died?

    Levy Mwanawasa was died at 2008-08-19

  • Where was Levy Mwanawasa died?

    Levy Mwanawasa was died in Paris

  • Which age was Levy Mwanawasa died?

    Levy Mwanawasa was died at age 59

  • Where is Levy Mwanawasa's birth place?

    Levy Mwanawasa was born in Mufulira

  • What is Levy Mwanawasa nationalities?

    Levy Mwanawasa's nationalities is Zambian

  • Who is Levy Mwanawasa spouses?

    Levy Mwanawasa's spouses is Maureen Mwanawasa

  • What was Levy Mwanawasa universities?

    Levy Mwanawasa studied at University of Zambia

  • What is Levy Mwanawasa's political ideology?

    Levy Mwanawasa's political ideology is 3rd President of Zambia - 2 January 2002 – 19 August 2008, Political party - MMD

  • What is Levy Mwanawasa's religion?

    Levy Mwanawasa's religion is Protestantism

  • What is Levy Mwanawasa's sun sign?

    Levy Mwanawasa is Virgo

  • How famous is Levy Mwanawasa?

    Levy Mwanawasa is famouse as Member of Parliament