According to media reports, President Lungu suffers from a “rare stomach disorder called achalasia and was taken ill in public in 2015 and hospitalised”. Zambians have experience with ailing Heads of State. Former President Michael Chilufya Sata died in 2014 while in office due to an undisclosed illness. He had been in London, England receiving medical care for an ongoing sickness.
Zambia is also expected to hold general elections in August this year despite the continuing scourge of COVID-19 sweeping the globe. The Electoral Commission of Zambia has expressed concerns on the increasing levels of violence leading up to the elections.
“The Electoral Commission of Zambia has noted with serious concern the escalating campaign violence ahead of the 12th August General Election; especially in Lusaka and some selected parts of the country. This vice, if left to escalate, will undermine the credibility of the elections; and also stability and peace of the country,” it said in a public notice. 2021 General Election – Electoral Commission of Zambia (elections.org.zm)