Chiluba critical

These revelations come in the wake of President Mwanawasa sending an emissary to South Africa to meet Chiluba and the doctors treating him over his heart problem and settle the bills incurred by the former Head of State since March, when he was flown to South Africa for medication.

Chiluba’s spokesperson, Emmanuel Mwamba told The Southern Times from Johannesburg that the 63-year-old former leader was not fit to return home because his heart condition remained serious at the moment.

“FJT’s (Chiluba) condition remains the same. He has made a marginal improvement. His condition appears to be chronic,” said Mwamba on July 6. “He is neither fit nor okay. His condition remains serious.”

Mwanawasa’s emissary, Doctor Simon Miti, a permanent secretary in the ministry of health, told local media that he had discussed Chiluba’s health condition with Garden City hospital authorities during a special meeting and further settled bills incurred over past three months.

According to Miti, the Zambian government had agreed with the doctors on how to manage Chiluba’s chronic heart condition on a long term basis in between his medical reviews.

Miti, had during his visit to the Garden City clinic, delivered a special message to Chiluba from President Mwanawasa, the content of which has not been divulged.

Miti was expected last week to present a report to the head of the civil service, Joshua Kanganja on Chiluba’s condition.

Chief government spokesperson, Vernon Mwaanga said he would issue a comprehensive report to the nation later.

However, Mwamba said Chiluba was not aware about being recalled from his treatment apart from a proposal of long term management. “Government’s proposal to recall FJT from his treatment has not been communicated officially. A proposal of long term management is what we are aware of”, he said.

Local reports, quoting sources, stated that President Mwanawasa had directed Miti to ‘deliver a special message’ to Chiluba.

“Government thinks that Dr. Chiluba should be going to South Africa for reviews from Zambia-whether the review period is short or long. They think that since his condition is chronic, Dr. Chiluba should not continue staying in South Africa waiting to be reviewed by doctors because if that is the case, he can remain there even for a year since his condition is chronic and long term,” the source is quoted as saying.

Efforts to reach Mwaanga by the time of going to press proved to be futile.

July 2006
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