Speaking on arrival from South Africa yesterday, former first lady, Mrs Thandiwe Banda said she has been cleared of cancer by doctors though she is expected to go for check-ups every six months.
Mrs Banda, who was in the company of her husband, Rupiah, thanked Zambians for their prayers, support and love rendered to her and the family.
“I am happy to inform you that I have been cleared of cancer by doctors and I am happy to be back home,” Mrs Banda said.
Last week, there were reports on social media that Mrs Banda had died.
Commenting on the speculations that his wife had died, Mr Banda said the culture of rejoicing when one is unwell must be discouraged.
“Zambians are known for caring for each other and when someone is sick or has a funeral, Zambians are known to show love, support and care in such times,” Mr Banda said.
Mr Banda said to learn that some sections of the media could claim that his wife had died when she is alive is shocking and ‘unZambian’.
“It is very ‘unZambian’ to rejoice if something tragic has happened. Fortunately with us, here we are, your prayers have been answered,” Mr Banda said.