Christine Kaseba

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Christine Kaseba
Christine Kaseba-Sata.jpg
Kaseba in September 2014
First Lady of Zambia
In office
September 23, 2011 – October 28, 2014
PresidentMichael Sata
Preceded byThandiwe Banda
Succeeded byCharlotte Scott
Personal details
Political partyPatriotic Front
Spouse(s)Michael Sata (?-2014; his death)

Christine Kaseba is a Zambian physician, surgeon and politician who served as the former First Lady of Zambia from September 2011 until October 2014. She is the widow of former President Michael Sata, who died in office on October 28, 2014. Kaseba made an unsuccessful bid for President of Zambia in the January 2015 special presidential election to succeed her husband.[1]

Biography

Kaseba was the second wife of Michael Sata, the country's president from 2011 to 2014.[2] (Prior to marrying Kaseba, Sata had been married to his first wife, Margaret Manda).[2] Christine Kaseba and Michael Sata had eight children together.[3]

Christine Kaseba is a longtime physician and surgeon, specializing in gynecology and obstetrics, at University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka.[1] She served as the First Lady of Zambia from 2011 until the death of her husband, President Sata, on October 28, 2016.[2] Kaseba was appointed a World Health Organization Goodwill Ambassador from 2012 to 2014.

Kaseba announced her candidacy for President of Zambia shortly after her husband's death.[2] She filed her nomination papers on November 18, 2014, to contest the January 2015 presidential by-election election as a member of Sata's Patriotic Front (PF).[1] Kaseba was one of nine to compete for the PF nomination for president.[4] However, Kaseba and the other seven PF candidates lost their party's nomination to Edgar Lungu at the party's November general conference.[5]

In 2016, it was speculated that Christine Kaseba might be chosen as the vice presidential running mate of UPND presidential nominee, Hakainde Hichilema, for the 2016 election.[6] Kaseba was not a member of UPND, but was seen as a potential counter's to President Edgar Lungu's running mate, Inonge Wina, who is also a woman, on the presidential ticket.[6] Former acting President Guy Scott reportedly tried to persuade Hichilema to pick Kaseba as his running mate.[6] However, Hakainde Hichilema ultimately chose Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba as his running mate over Kaseba, Canisius Banda and other potential picks.[7]

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