2 February 2013

Zambia: Sata Location Remains a Secret - Sakeni

The PF government has failed to disclose the whereabouts of President Sata who has disappeared after leaving the Africa Union Summit in Ethiopia earlier this week.

This follows mounting pressure from Zambians and MMD president Dr Nevers Mumba who demanded this evening that government should disclose where President Sata has gone instead of keeping the nation in the dark

Chief government spokesperson Kennedy Sakeni has said there is no need to speculate about President Sata's whereabouts because he is safe and in good hands somewhere.

It is the first time a PF official has discussed President Sata's absence following a media propaganda that was organised to deceive Zambians the Head of State had returned when he had been flown out for treatment.

Sakeni said President Sata needs time to reflect and have a peace of mind after working so hard.

He said there is an acting President in place and that it is unnecessary to speculate about the whereabouts of President Sata.

Sakeni could not even disclose when President Sata will be back only saying he will be back in the country shortly.

Dr Mumba had earlier said Zambians deserved to be informed on where President Sata has gone because, as tax payers, they have the right to know about the president's travels and whereabouts.

"It is imperative that the Zambian people are informed about any travel that he is undertaking as President of the Republic of Zambia. These rumours that the President has gone to London or India for medical checkups should be addressed by government," he said.

There have been speculations that President Sata has gone for medical checkups in London and that he will possibly reach Indian where he had earlier gone to seek treatment for a mysterious disease.

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