Maureen Mwanawasa

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Maureen Mwanawasa
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Former First Lady of Zambia
In role
January 2, 2002 – August 19, 2008
PresidentLevy Mwanawasa
Preceded byVera Tembo
Succeeded byThandiwe Banda
Personal details
Born (1963-04-28) April 28, 1963 (age 57)
Kabwe, Zambia
Political partyUPND
Spouse(s)Levy Mwanawasa (1988–2008; his death)

Maureen Mwanawasa (born April 28, 1963 Kabwe, Zambia) is a Zambian politician and former First Lady of Zambia from 2002 until 2008. She is also the widow of former President Levy Mwanawasa, who died in office in 2008. She is the past president of the Organisation of African First Ladies against HIV/AIDS and founder of the Maureen Mwanawasa Community Initiative (MMCI) in 2002.

Political career[change | change source]

As early as 2006, Mwanawasa was seen as a potential candidate for president of the country,[1] but following her husband's death she did not file as a potential candidate to represent her husband's party in the election. In May 2016, Mwanawasa announced she was going to contest in the 2016 general election for the sit of Mayor of Lusaka under the United Party for National Development (UPND).[2] She however lost to the Patriotic Front (PF) candidate, Wilson Kalumba.[2] Kalumba won the election with 270,161 votes, while Mwanawasa came in second place with 150,807 votes.

References[change | change source]

  1. Mumba, Brainwave R. (November 26, 2007). "How The G Factor May Help The MMD Should Maureen Mwanawasa Run". The Zambian Chronicle. Retrieved 4 November 2010.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Former First Lady Maureen Mwanawasa loses in her bid to become Mayor of Lusaka". Lusaka Times. 2016-08-16. Retrieved 2018-03-23.