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Wednesday, 29 October 2014

President Sata is dead

Government has announced the death of President Michael Sata. Below is the address to the nation by the Secretary to the Cabinet Roland Msiska :
Fellow country men and women.

As you are aware, His Excellency Mr. Michael Chilufya Sata, President of the Republic of Zambia has been receiving medical attention in London, in the United Kingdom. He left Zambia with the first lady and other close members of the family on October 20, 2014.

However, it is with a very heavy heart that i address you today, to inform the nation that our beloved President and Leader, His Excellency, Mr Michael Chilufya Sata has passed on.

The head of state passed on, on October 28, 2014 in London at 23:11 hours Zambian time at King Edward VII Hospital Beaumont, Central London. His spouse, the First Lady of the Republic of Zambia, Dr Christine Kaseba-Sata, his son the Mayor of Lusaka, Mulenga Sata and others were present at the bedside at the time of his passing on.

President Sata was born on July 6, 1937. Mr. Sata became the fifth president of Zambia on September 23 2011 after a popular poll.

President Sata’s demise is deeply regretted. During this difficult period, I urge all of you to remain calm, united and peaceful during this very difficult period. The nation will be kept informed of other details regarding the funeral and burial arrangements.

God bless Zambia

Dr. Roland Msiska
Secretary to Cabinet
May God strengthen Dr Kaseba Sata and the all the family members. Very sad news indeed for them and the whole country. May God also give Vice President Guy Scott and the Cabinet all the necessary wisdom as they rule the country for the next 90 days. It is a weighty situation for Dr Scott, but every tragedy is also pregnant with opportunity to refashion the country positively.

The demise of Mr Sata inevitable leaves PF without a designated successor. It is very unlikely that Guy Scott would stand. Therefore PF will need to quickly move to identify a party president. That process is fraught with difficulties because we are dealing with at least four bases of power : the Cabinet members; Members of Parliament; Members of the Central Committee; and, the party in general. The opposition will of course need to coalesce to stand any chance of an upset. Very interesting days ahead politically. 

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