March 7, 2009 / 12:34 PM / 10 years ago

Ex-Zambian vice president Tembo dies:radio

LUSAKA (Reuters) - Former Zambian vice president Christon Tembo, who led a cabinet revolt against former president Frederick Chiluba in 2001, died in a Lusaka hospital on Friday, state-run ZNBC radio reported on Saturday.

The radio said Tembo, 65, had been admitted to a hospital a month before, but the illness and cause of his death were not disclosed.

“Former vice president Christon Tembo has died,” the radio quoted hospital spokeswoman Pauline Mbangweta as saying.

Tembo, who was also a former army commander, mobilised 22 cabinet and junior ministers to block Chiluba from changing the constitution to seek a third term, after he had served his two five-year terms allowed by law.

Chiluba responded by instigating the expulsion of Tembo and other senior ministers from the ruling MMD party after he had dissolved the cabinet.

He stated he would not go for a third term after Zambians had held mass protests against the change of the constitution.

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