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Mama Vera Tembo – First Lady from 1991 to 2000

Vera Tembo born July 25, 1953. She served as the second First Lady of Zambia until 2000 following separation from her former husband, President Frederick Chiluba.

Tembo was married to Frederick Chiluba, with whom she had nine children, for thirty-three years, until their separation in 2000 and subsequent divorce in 2001.

Mr Chiluba became President of Zambia in 1991, making Vera Tembo as the country’s second First Lady after Mama Betty Kaunda. As First Lady she was acclaimed for her charity work supporting the less privileged in society.

She joined active politics and in 2006, she participated in the Parliamentary elections and emerged victorious as Member of Parliament on the Movement for Multi-Party Democracy (MMD) ticket to represent the people of Kasenengwa constituency of Eastern Province in the National Assembly of Zambia.

Following her victory, President Levy Mwanawasa appointed Tembo as Deputy Minister of the then Tourism, Environment and Natural Resources.

She was reappointed as Deputy Minister by President Rupiah Banda and held her ministerial portfolio until 2011, when she left the National Assembly.