Saturday, June 18, 2011

Frederick Chiluba dies

By Khanyisa Tabata
18 July 2011

Zambia's former president Frederick Chiluba, who ruled the country from 1991 to 2001, died at the age of 68 at his home early this morning. His spokesperson says Chiluba died shortly after midnight.

The embattled leader had been suffering from heart and kidney problems.

Hailed as a democrat for helping dismantle Kaunda's socialist single-party rule of 27 years, Chiluba was later charged with stealing nearly $500,000 of public funds.

He was acquitted of all charges in 2009, while two business executives accused with him were found guilty and sentenced to three years in prison.

In 2007 a British judge ordered Chiluba to repay $58 million to compensate for money he was accused of stealing during his decade in office.

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