Sata feared dead

NEW YORK - A mystery no-show at the United Nations raises speculations about the state of health of Zambia’s President, Michael Sata, who last week emphatically told the Lusaka Parliament, “I am not dead.”

A well-placed source at the UN told Newsweek that Sata died in his hotel room on Thursday.

The Associated Press reported on Thursday that the 77-year-old president was treated at his hotel by doctors.

A spokesperson for the New York Police Department confirmed yesterday morning that he was treated at his hotel by US State Department doctors and remained there.

A spokesperson at the Zambian mission declined comment when several reporters inquired about Sata’s health.

On Friday, Zambian vice president Guy Scott told Parliament that the president’s health was normal and denied reports that he was unwell, according to local media.

“The health of the president is entirely normal. I spoke to the president this morning. He has not received any emergency or specialist medical treatment,” Scott told lawmakers in Lusaka.

Sata’s son Mulenga, who is mayor of Lusaka, said his father would issue a statement in “due course” because of the “unfortunate reports being circulated concerning his health”.

The speculations started swirling on FROM P1

Wednesday night, when Sata failed to show up for his scheduled address at the General Assembly, which this week conducts its annual debate, an opportunity for the UN’s 193 members to showcase their policies to the world. Sata was slated to follow Venezuela’s president, Nicolas Maduro, on Wednesday night.

The UN moderator then received a notice, and after a short hesitation announced, instead, that the next speaker, Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron, would address the council. No alternative time for Sata’s address was announced.

In yet another twist in the mystery, a provisional list of speakers that was issued by the UN yesterday slated Zambia’s foreign minister, Harry Kalaba, to address the general assembly as the last speaker yesterday night.

He would speak instead of the president, who was originally scheduled to speak on Wednesday.

According to All Africa, a website specialising in reporting from the continent, Sata travelled to New York accompanied by six doctors as part of his entourage of 38 people.

The report cited an unnamed source who said that the reason the president came to New York ahead of the launch of the Wednesday debate was to visit the Sloane Kettering Cancer Centre.

Wires agencies reported last Friday that Sata addressed Parliament after failing for a long time to appear in public, raising speculation about the state of his health.

His wife, Christine kept him going, Sata told Parliament, adding, “I am not dead.”

But rather than finishing his address, he said after a while, “I thank you for listening and I am leaving the whole speech to the Speaker.” — Newsweek

Comments (3)

Ukahwa nhau dzoita semavivi emoto emugwindigwi ziva kuti panesvinmborera svechokwadi , angava asina kufa asi panenge panehwema hwendufu . Ndikarangarira gore Cde Hunzvi vanzi vafa ndipopavakazobuda paZBC varimupenyu vachiti " vanhu vanoda kuti ndife " sezvinei kwakambopera vhiki here ndiye nyengu kwamupfiga nehwe.

MukarangawekuMberengwa - 29 September 2014

Unenge unofarira kufa kwevanhu iwe. Yes death is certain to everybody but hatizvirove dundundu coz we all bonafides of God. Iwewe wakango zvigarira zvako unogona kungotiwo dhiiii. Ishamhu yaMwari iyi. Wapaona!!!

Watosvorwa - 5 October 2014

Get well the soonest Your excellency M.Sata. Not only Zambia still needs you but the region as a whole as a progresive son and unifier.You have raised the flag of Zambia high

carson Macate - 15 October 2014

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