Flashback: Sata Asks Chief Justice to Probe Levy’s Illness, says ubulwele bwa mfumu li tensha chalo

BY GEORGE CHELLAH, 11 APRIL 2006 (The Post newspaper)

Lusaka — PATRIOTIC Front (PF) president Michael Sata has written to Chief Justice Ernest Sakala asking him to appoint a team of three doctors to investigate President Levy Mwanawasa’s illness.

And Sata yesterday said justice Sakala promised to react to his concerns about President Mwanawasa’s health after making consultations.

In a letter dated April 7, 2006 which was copied to Vice-President Lupando Mwape and Speaker of the National Assembly Amusaa Mwanamwambwa, Sata stated that he was prompted to write because he was concerned about President Mwanawasa’s medical condition.

“On 31st March, 2006, the nation was informed through a terse press report that the President had been evacuated to a London hospital. There have since been no further detailed reports on his medical condition.

tion. The nation is entitled to daily medical bulletins on the state of its President,” read the letter in part.

“I am aware that, ordinarily in such cases, the process of investigations into the medical status of the President ought to be initiated by Cabinet. Sadly, Cabinet seems to be moribund and has failed to perform its constitutional functions in this respect.

“In the circumstances, I am left with no option other than to request Your Lordship, to appoint a board of three medical doctors who should be immediately dispatched to London to carry out medical investigations on the medical conditions of the President and thereafter present a medical bulletin to the nation.”

And Sata said he wrote the letter to the Chief Justice because the well-being of the President was a national issue. He said it was unacceptable for the nation to rely on casual and childish statements from the government.

“In Bemba we say, ubulwele bwa mfumu li tensha chalo (when a chief is sick it affects the whole nation). So they can’t keep our President’s sickness as a secret. When the late Pope John Paul II was sick, the whole world was informed on an hourly basis on his condition until he died. Even on Ariel Sharon they have been updating us,” Sata said.

“Lack of information on the President’s sickness affects the country. But we are not entitled to childish statements from Lupando Mwape like ‘The President is jogging in London’. The vice-president is trivialising this matter and yet it’s a very serious one. We are lucky Zambia has a small economy, if it was in the developed world, when the President is sick without the nation being informed, the economy can be adversely affected and the currency can even drop. That’s how serious these issues are.”

Sata advised Vice-President Mwape to regulate his speech when it came to national matters.

“Is Lupando telling us that the President went with his delegation to London just to go and jog? And in London there is no hotel where you are expected to pay less than US $200 per night. So is he telling me that the government is spending all this money just for jogging? Let’s be serious with things we say to our people,” he said. Sata said the Constitution stipulated that if the President was incapacitated, Cabinet was supposed to convene.

“That’s why we have written to the Chief Justice requesting him to appoint a team of three medical doctors to assess the President as per constitutional requirement. We need to be updated on our President’s health as a nation,” he said.

Sata said he personally delivered the letters to the Chief Justice and the Speaker of the National Assembly.

“I met the Chief Justice and he promised to get back to me after he has made consultations. I also met the Speaker and he said he will wait for correspondence from the Chief Justice,” he said.

Article 36 of the Laws of Zambia stipulates that: “(1)If it is resolved by a majority of all the members of the Cabinet that the question of the physical or mental capacity of the President to discharge the functions of his office ought to be investigated, and they so inform the Chief Justice, then the Chief Justice shall appoint a board consisting of not less than three persons selected by him from among persons who are qualified as medical practitioners under the law of Zambia or under the law of any other country in the Commonwealth, and the board shall inquire into the matter and report to the Chief Justice on whether or not the President is, by reason of any infirmity of body or mind, incapable of discharging the functions of his office.

“(2) If the board reports that the President is incapable of discharging the functions of his office, the Chief Justice shall certify in writing accordingly and shall table such certificate, with the report of the board before the National Assembly who shall on a motion, passed by a two thirds majority- (a) Ratify the decision of the board, and thereupon the President shall cease to hold office…” Over a week ago, President Mwanawasa was flown to London for medical review after he fell ill.

And on Friday, Vice-President Mwape assured the country that President Mwanawasa was in good health and jogging in London. But on the same day, information minister Vernon Mwaanga said the President was making tremendous progress and that there was no need for the nation to panic.

Meanwhile, the case in which Sata, Dr Guy Scott and police officer Clement Andeleke are charged with defamation of the President was yesterday adjourned indefinitely.

 

COMMENTS

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    IF you kill by sword you will also be killed by the sword.It is ukwas turn now because he fooled levy quite a lot.Let many of us Zambians learn a lot from these happenings in our country.Never laugh at some friend who gets sick or lands in trouble but try to sympathize with him.God is in existence if you are liar he will deal with you accordingly.Mr sata is having his punishment from god now.

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    That is a good tip particularly to those new to the blogosphere. Simple but very accurate information

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    Bimbo 4 years

    Fellow Zambians, you are missing the point. A sick man can still use his brain.

    Unfortunately, sick or healthy, Sata is MENTALLY INCOMPETENT! His performance to date has clearly shown his IQ is not up to the task of leading a nation, and he is not fit to be president on these grounds.

    He should resign now before he brings the nation to disaster, and is impeached, but maybe he has not even got enough brains to do that!

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    zambian 4 years

    Please dont be mislead Sata is cool calm and very health!another by election in southern province.The old man will scoop like he smartly did in livingstone as fools are waiting is death.Love u Sata

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    zambian 4 years

    Dream on!Sata is well!

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    Kenjibee 4 years

    WHO SAID THESE WORDS

    The nation is entitled to daily medical bulletins on the state of its President,” read the letter in part.

    “I am aware that, ordinarily in such cases, the process of investigations into the medical status of the President ought to be initiated by Cabinet. Sadly, Cabinet seems to be moribund and has failed to perform its constitutional functions in this respect.

    “In the circumstances, I am left with no option other than to request Your Lordship, to appoint a board of three medical doctors who should be immediately dispatched to London to carry out medical investigations on the medical conditions of the President and thereafter present a medical bulletin to the nation.”

    And Sata said he wrote the letter to the Chief Justice because the well-being of the President was a national issue. He said it was unacceptable for the nation to rely on casual and childish statements from the government.

    “In Bemba we say, ubulwele bwa mfumu li tensha chalo (when a chief is sick it affects the whole nation). So they can’t keep our President’s sickness as a secret. When the late Pope John Paul II was sick, the whole world was informed on an hourly basis on his condition until he died. Even on Ariel Sharon they have been updating us,” Sata said.

    “Lack of information on the President’s sickness affects the country

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    sibitwani makololo 4 years

    The ghost of levy mwanawasa will haunt all those that called him CABBAGE.
    they laughed at mazoka that “the trousers is falling”
    they called chiluba a “lazo”
    Levy forgive all those that poked fun at you only time will tell.

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    UkwaJnr 4 years

    Uluse Ukwa!!! Lelo lelo

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    UkwaJnr 4 years

    Uluse Ukwa!!!

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    lead vocalist 4 years

    God help us.

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    Smith 4 years

    this world is really coming to an end, how can one wish his friend bad health, you will die and Sata will still be alive don’t be funny its not a joke to be sick hence u wish bad health 2 your friend this is sad..

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      The Silent One 4 years

      Read the article carefully. It is either you are reading it under the influence of alcohol or you are just embarrassed that somebody’s cheap politiking and hypocrisy has been laid bare. Who is wishing Sata to die here? This flashback is important especially that Sata’s health appears to be worse than Mwanawasa’s at the time. After reading this article, some of us are asking why Sata has not resigned on moral grounds.

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    go-by-constitution 4 years

    HH, Nevers, Chipimo stand up and be counted. You are too docile. Sata showed you how to do it when in opposition. And you can’t learn? Use the Constitution’s Article 36 (1) and (2). Lets see what the acting Chief Justice stooge and puppet Speaker Much Beans will do. Let’s push their puppetism to maximum test until they look foolish before the intelligent world… for posterity’s sake… Hold a Press conference at Nkoloma Stadium, let everyone come… put loud speakers all over.. WE WANT TO KNOW IF HE MCS IS FIT TO RUN NATIONAL AFFAIRS…

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    Kk12 4 years

    And who has the last laughter?

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    we shouldnt wish Mr Sata bad things, ulelosha tabamucheba kukanwa. I wish HE good health and long life and above God’s protection and comfort

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    Pa mafi, mulimbe chabe, our levy jst allowed Sata to say all useless things on him and allowed him to hold rallies at will, and Satan kept on insulting our levy day and nite. God reminded Sata by pinching him wit ka heartattack, Levy rescued him by rushing him to south. Like a changed man, Sata pleaded to meet levy, A wise leader levy accepted, he did meet and forgive Sata. A week late our Levy passed away MHSRIP. Leaving a lesson with us to love and forgive esp those in leadership. Is yo Sata so sick that he cant even remember a past moment like this one?

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    Kay 4 years

    Why is no one doing this to him then?

    opposition can you please write to Chief justice to remind her that ubulwele bwakwa ukwa li tensha chalo bala bla?

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    [email protected] 4 years

    Mbuzi na Galu

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    brown mwimpangubo 4 years

    Hahahahahahaaaaaa…. so wat next ba Chimbwi? U argued yo lungs out! Sata yeve ntenda imutenga afuna safuna!

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    Nazitundila— Cycle Chifuta Mata…. Kanitundila- Rapheal backward Manda

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    eva luna 4 years

    Karma is such a bitch ! Even the bible says,whatsoever a man sows,so shall he reap.if u sow hatered,u ll reap the same measure.chaipa bamudala but I hated the way u mocked and laughed at mwanawas s illness.riyeni nayo!

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    Some things happen for a reason and this is a lesson to mankind and all Zambian that as beings of fresh we don’t control our health. Let’s not look done on impaired people.

    The other thing is that when most company are employing the candidate undergoes medical tests. Let’s replicate this in Govt too. We lost Levy because of pressure and Sata is unwell too due to Pressure. If the two had medical tests their Docs would have discouraged them vying for the Presidency.

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    Blago 4 years

    For Sata it is even worse becoz he is carrying a small container of urine in his jacket. Sata will learn it the hard way, and the worst is yet to come for him.

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    LEAVE SATA ALONE HE IS HUMAN AND SUBJECT TO ILLNES IS HE AN ANGEL.MULEKENI SATA ATEKE BA MBULI LYONSE NISATA

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      Concerned Citizen! 4 years

      Human he is but this is a big lesson for him and you to stop humiliating others when they are ill for it will one day be on you. There you are now! Lobe!!!

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      Ba Mwisho 4 years

      Ba Jon, we are just being reminded of what he was doing to LPM. no one is wishing him ill sir.

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    now its his turn wander he is operating from sir roy.s office instead of levy.s office well let him resign on health ground

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    wateva u use against yo frnd de same shall be used against u.

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    mweemba 4 years

    mulekeni Sata ateke.

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    THE SAINT 4 years

    Caona mnzako capita, m’mawa cili paiwe.

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    chimuka Twambo 4 years

    its Sata now bafikala you will continue choking with envy..

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      Charllote I Marry, Effie We Share 4 years

      I shall not envy one who moves with a container of urine

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    Mwagionera 4 years

    But why cant he just give up kanshi.mukulu onse kuzitundila mutilauzi.Chizapolika asebane ka!

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    chikubabe 4 years

    chaona mnzako chapita maba chili paliwe.sad story indeed.

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    muloota 4 years

    he reads the watchdog everyday or his puppies do it for him,they have already seen it and coming up with how to respond….shame.Get well soon though

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    Distant Drums 4 years

    If Sata sees this story he will regret his carelessness with his always wide open mouth and his condition will deteriorate very badly. I feel sorry for him and must learn to respect others.

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      webman 4 years

      mudala, this man has no insight

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    lelo pf idiots what do you have to say about your boss is in his fading minutes lelo chili pali iwe inswa yaz choka

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    lelo pf idiots what do you have to say about your boss is in his fading minutes lelo chili pali iwe

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    WAZABANGA 4 years

    LESSON TO ALL ZAMBIANS LET THE CONSTITUTION BE AMENDED TO ASCERTAIN THE HEALTH OF AN ASPIRING PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE BEFORE HE STANDS THIS IS A PROBLEM NOW

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    Kaputa wa sata 4 years

    Bamambala u thought u were going to enjoy with Michael we are sorry your time seems to be too short. Too bad for Michael and family but let him leave by what he started himself.

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    simuunza 4 years

    this is quiet a good reminder to siamumembe of the post and the president himself of how careless they were,and how destructive their past statements can still be even on them today.of recent siamumembe has sounded like he has made up his minds to just be for pf even when they loose direction its better they get lost together other than him identifying himself (as a journalist)with another person or party that seems to be advancing a good idea. siamumembe of mwanawasa’s time was abit objective and not the aging one of this our time,it is always poisonous vernom on hh, rupia and any other who doesn’t agree with pf failures.but you still have alot of chance to reclaim your hei days, just patner with zwd and or daily nation and be objective in your writting yet again.just that easy and you are back in the system.

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    You are the prophets of doom, zambia is not a cursed nation to deserve two reigning presidents to die in less than five years. The God of heaven will heal Sata to your shame.

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      Sikufele 4 years

      Let’s avoid yet another Presidential by-election. Can the process of recommending the President’s resignation on health ground be started by Parliament promptly?

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      Mpongwe 4 years

      I am not a Sata fanatic at ALL but I will not wish him death but good health. So, I say Amen to your payer.

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      Bimbo 4 years

      Chaona, use the language correctly.

      KINGS reign.

      Presidents SERVE!