Widows of Chiluba and Mwanawasa Reflect on the Past

Former President Frederick Chiluba’s widow, Regina, says she at times felt left out of the former president’s life because of his voracious reading habit. And third republican president Levy Mwanawasa’s widow, Maureen, says there is still a lot that needs to be captured about the life of her late spouse.

Featuring on a Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation [ZNBC] Radio II Book Spectrum programme on Monday, Regina said president Chiluba really loved reading and writing. Regina said the Kitwe-born former President Chiluba did not just love books but read widely about politics, economics, Christianity and medical literature on his heart problem. She said her late husband also shared a lot of what he read and took notes for his memoirs project titled, My Life, which she says she will complete after Chiluba’s first death anniversary on June 18, 2012.

“President Chiluba really loved reading writing…his reading culture, it was a bit of a thorn sometimes, because everywhere my husband sat, he sat with a book. He had a book to read…He read all the time,” Regina said during the interview. “Sometimes, I would even feel a bit left out but he would jokingly say, ‘Oh my friend, don’t worry, you know you are number one.’…I would complain sometimes.”

And Maureen Mwanawasa said on the same programme that the books written about president Mwanawasa were not enough. “The books that have been written about him are not enough. He had a very big life which still needs to be captured,” Maureen said. “We still miss him.”

Maureen said Amos Malupenga’s biography on Levy Mwanawasa entitled, An Incentive for Posterity, could be revised to capture as much as possible the different sides of her husband’s life as well as to cater for aspects raised since its publication.

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