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Zambian president in hospital after collapsing

Edgar Lungu is being treated for Malaria and exhaustion after collapsing during a speech in Lusaka.

FILE: Edgar Lungu (l) talks to foreign affairs minister Harry Kalaba during a military exhibition march past on 24 October, 2014 to mark Zambia's 50th Independence celebration. Picture: AFP.

PRETORIA - Malaria has been blamed for the Zambian president collapsing while making a speech on Saturday.

President Edgar Lungu is being treated for the disease and exhaustion.

Zambians have seen two presidents die in office, Michael Sata last year and Levy Mwanawasa seven years ago.

So the country is particularly sensitive about their president's health.

Campaigning for the job last year, Lungu offered a medical certificate testifying to his good health.

He was delivering a speech to commemorate International Women's Day at Heroes Stadium in the capital, Lusaka, when he excused himself from the podium and then collapsed.

The president was rushed to the Maina Soko Military Hospital in Lusaka.

Lungu came to power in January after Sata's death in October.

Lungu said in a statement he's feeling much better and added that there's nothing to worry about.