Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Zambian President, Michael Sata dies in London



Zambian leader, Michael Chilufya Sata, 77, has passed on.

The country’s fifth leader passed away Tuesday night in London where he had been admitted for treatment.

Zambia Reports, a respectable publication in the South African country, said just two days earlier, he had checked out of the Harley Street Clinic to receive private medical care in a central London hotel room.

The president’s health had been the subject of numerous conflicting reports in the media and contradictory statements by Patriotic Front (PF) government officials for many months.

Recently the president was unable to address the United Nations General Assembly, and was forced to depart Zambia just two days before the 50th anniversary of independence.

Michael Chilufya Sata was born in 1937 in Mpika, Northern Province. President Sata was a significant figure in Zambian politics for more than 20 years.

The former trade unionist defected from Kenneth Kaunda’s United National Independence Party (UNIP) in 1990 to join the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD), and later became Minister for Local Government (1991), Minister of Labor (1993), and Minister of Health (1994) under President Frederick Chiluba. He was elected president in September 2011 under his own party, the Patriotic Front.

Upon departure from Zambia, his Minister of Defence and Minister of Justice Edgar Lungu was appointed Acting President, though it is not clear who will serve following his death given a constitutional clause on parentage which may nullify Vice President Guy Scott

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