Vera Tembo

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Vera Tembo
First Lady of Zambia
In role
November 2, 1991 – September 25, 2001 [1]
PresidentFrederick Chiluba
Preceded byBetty Kaunda
Succeeded byMaureen Mwanawasa
Member of the National Assembly
In office
Preceded by?
Succeeded byVictoria Kalima
Personal details
Born (1953-07-25) July 25, 1953 (age 67)
Political partyMMD
Spouse(s)Frederick Chiluba (?-2000; divorced)

Vera Tembo (born July 25, 1953) is a Zambian pastor, politician and member of the Movement for Multi-Party Democracy (MMD). She has served as the [[First Lady of Zambia]] from 1991 until her separation from her former husband, President Frederick Chiluba. Tembo was married to Chiluba, with whom she had nine children, for thirty-three years, until he announced their separation in 2000[2]. Chiluba became President of Zambia in 1991, making Tembo the country's First Lady from 1991 until their divorce.[1] Tembo left the State House, the presidential residence, shortly after Chiluba's announcement and moved in with family in Ndola.[1] Their divorce became final on September 25, 2001, when an annulment was granted by a local court in Ndola after thirty-three years of marriage.[1] By early 2002, Zambian newspapers reported that Tembo was living in poverty after Chiluba had allegedly frozen her bank account. [3] She filed a $2.5 U.S. dollar lawsuit against Chiluba as part of the divorce settlement.[3][4] The Zambian government offered Tembo financial assistance in May 2002 after she listed her personal possessions in an auction.

In March 2015, Tembo announced that she had become a Christian pastor and had founded a new church called the Healing International Ministry.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Divorce for Zambia's first couple". BBC News. 2001-09-25. Retrieved 2018-03-18.
  2. Simwanza, Obert (2011-06-18). "Zambia's ex-president Chiluba dies". Independent Online (South Africa). Retrieved 2016-08-28.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Zambia ex first lady to get state aid". BBC News. 2002-05-03. Retrieved 2018-03-18.
  4. "Zambia ex first lady to get state aid". BBC News. 2002-05-03. Retrieved 2016-08-27.
  5. "Vera Chiluba becomes a Pastor and forms Healing International Ministry". Lusaka Times. 2015-03-03. Retrieved 2016-03-18.