Zambian President Michael Sata dies in London

LONDON - Zambian President Michael Sata has died at the age of 77 after receiving treatment for an undisclosed illness, the government says.

President Sata, who was being treated in the UK, died in London's King Edward VII hospital on Tuesday night.

Media said that he died after "a sudden onset [of] heightened heart rate".

It is not immediately clear who will succeed the president. The issue may be decided by the Zambian cabinet which meets on Wednesday morning.

"It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing on of our beloved president," cabinet secretary Roland Msiska said.

His death comes just days after Zambia celebrated the 50th anniversary of independence from the UK.

Earlier this month reports in Zambia said that President Sata had gone abroad for a medical check-up amid persistent speculation that he was seriously ill.

After he left the country, Defence Minister Edgar Lungu was named as acting president.

Vice-President Guy Scott has regularly stood in for the president at official events. But he is of Scottish descent and his parents were not born in Zambia, so he may fall foul of a constitutional clause on parentage which would nullify his candidacy.

Known as "King Cobra" for his venomous tongue, Mr Sata was elected Zambia's president in 2011.

He has rarely been seen in public since returning from the UN General Assembly last month, where he failed to make a scheduled speech.

Mr Sata became president in September 2011, defeating the then incumbent Rupiah Banda whose party had been in power for 20 years.

Comments (21)

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CHIMUSORO - 29 October 2014

very sorry to learn of this sad development in our neighbouring country. our condolences to the zambian people and the sata family.

taurai - 29 October 2014

Zvavo havo vanofirwa namaPresident !!

Chando Kupisa - 29 October 2014

May his soul rest in eternal peace.

Johno - 29 October 2014

May Cde Sata's soul rest in eternal peace. @ Chimusoro & chando kupisa please behave youselves. Your mothers should be ashamed of you.

Eramunah - 29 October 2014


ponai - 29 October 2014

Dear Zambians Please share your little portion that is helping to fast track your Presidents. Share, share please.

share - 29 October 2014

Aikaka ko Sata aigonorapwa ku Britain seyi iyo Zambia inekuzvitonga kuzere? Zvenhu zve chivanhu akomana. Zvinonyadzisa. Wedu Mugabe achonofirawo ku Britain kwaanosvero tuka.

Der - 29 October 2014

Ko zvobatsireyi kuti we are independent when Sata goes for medical treatment in Britain?

Der - 29 October 2014

rest in peace but yo support for our suffering was disgusting to say the least. To daily news why do you take long to upload your publications coz we cant read the paper on the net until after mid-day everyday but surprisingly this death that was confirmed this morning u already have it well ahead of todays publications

rich - 29 October 2014

Tineurombo maZambians.Muzotiudzewo next president on time.

Peter Rinomhota - 29 October 2014

Rich......! Kindly advise Dr Amai Mujuru with her Dande Holdings to invest more moneys in the Daily News so that it can upload earlier than Dr Amai Mugabe's Herald. We as Ngwena supporters would like to put the record straight that had it not been for the Dande Holdings, we could be the majority shareholders in the Daily News but coz of corruption from the Dande Holdings, we could not invest in the publication.

Clemence Tashaya - 29 October 2014

Dande Holdings kuzadza Air Zim povo ichiti iZim delegation yaenda kuChina for business deals.....Haisi corruption here iyoyo. MaZimba takapusa hence nhamo dzese from all corners of the streets. We are good at barking yet takapusa. Hence tichisekwa nema neighbouring countres kuti we are educated for nothing..........Pasi neGamatox neDande Holdings yavo macorrupt people.

Clemence Tashaya - 29 October 2014

Karikoga Kaseke's CV had Solomon Mujuru as his reference......hence his support for the Dande Holdings.....anga dai akadzingwa kare nenyaya ye Rape iya na Christopher Mushowe but Dande Holdings yakapindira...we know all these fiasco...Anoti nyo ndiani ne my evidence?

Clemence Tashaya - 29 October 2014

Karikoga Kaseke's CV had Solomon Mujuru as his reference......hence his support for the Dande Holdings.....anga dai akadzingwa kare nenyaya ye Rape iya na Christopher Mushowe but Dande Holdings yakapindira...we know all these fiasco...Anoti nyo ndiani?

Clemence Tashaya - 29 October 2014

My heartfelt condolences to the nation of Zambia. But I am surprised why nobody is talking about it as the fulfilment of Prophet TB Joshua's prophecy a while ago which most people mistakenly interpreted to mean the death of our own president owing to advanced age. Remember the prophecy about the death of a president from a Southern African nation and his call to pray for political stability in the same region. Give God the praise because of His faithfulness. Shortly after the prophecy, talk about factionalism in our country heightened and would have easily led to a civil war. God is watching over His Word to perform it

mukanya - 30 October 2014

Yes the Prophecy is confirmed.... the word of God is always true. I pray our leaders must always seek the Word of God. May his soul rest in peace... May God be with the ntion of Zambia during this time and may peace prevail.

Bitso - 30 October 2014

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