First Lady of Zambia
|First Lady of Zambia|
|Inaugural holder||Betty Kaunda|
|Formation||24 October 1964|
The first lady of Zambia plays the ceremonial role of the spouse of the head of state, but has often expanded their influence beyond that. For example, the wife of the country's founding president, Betty Kaunda, was viewed as the mother of the nation and known as "Mama Kaunda." Maureen Mwanawasa used her platform as First Lady to be a strong advocate for safer sex for women, often handing out condoms at public events.
List of first ladiesEdit
|Image||First Lady||Term start||Term end||President
(Spouse, unless noted)
|1||Betty Kaunda||24 October 1964||2 November 1991||Kenneth Kaunda|
|2||Vera Tembo||2 November 1991||2000
(divorced in 2001)
|No First Lady||2000||2 January 2002|
|3||Maureen Mwanawasa||2 January 2002||19 August 2008||Levy Mwanawasa|
|4||Thandiwe Banda||29 June 2008||23 September 2011||Rupiah Banda|
|5||Christine Kaseba||23 September 2011||28 October 2014||Michael Sata|
|6||Charlotte Scott||28 October 2014||26 January 2015||Guy Scott|
|7||Esther Lungu||26 January 2015||Incumbent||Edgar Lungu|
- James Butty, VOA staff writer (September 20, 2012). "Zambians Mourn Death of Former First Lady Betty Kaunda". VOA. Retrieved November 23, 2016.
- Violet Mengo, writer for the Daily Mail in Zambia and member of the Gender and Media Southern African (GEMSA) Network. (November 5, 2005). "Zambian First Lady urges women to demand safe sex". AFROL News. Retrieved November 23, 2016.
- Udoh, Nse (2012-09-19). "Founding First Lady Betty Kaunda Passes Away at 84". Zambia Reports. Retrieved 2012-09-19.
- Simwanza, Obert (2011-06-18). "Zambia's ex-president Chiluba dies". Independent Online (South Africa). Retrieved 2012-09-19.
- Warunga, Joseph (2010-05-17). "Meeting the first ladies of Africa". BBC News. Retrieved 2012-07-30.
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