From his hospital bed somewhere in the United Kingdom, president Michael Sata has appealed to the USA and Europe to lift punitive sanctions imposed on his counterpart Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe.
Sata who sneaked out of the country last week also congratulated Mugabe for being re-elected.
But of course Sata said all these things through a statement issued and signed on his behalf by someone else – this time its acting president Alexander Chikwanda.
Sata, said through Chikwanda that countries in the international community still maintaining sanctions on Zimbabwe should lift the sanctions in the interests of common humanity fellowship.
He claimed that the sanctions have outlived their usefulness.
He said it has become morally implausible to maintain eternal ostracism of Zimbabwe from the community of nations.
Sata further said the illustrious, diligent and resourceful people of Zimbabwe should be allowed unfettered opportunity to prosper and make useful contribution to overall global prosperity and wellbeing.
Sata also appealed to all sections of Zimbabwe to remain calm and united as they forge ahead for the enhanced economic prosperity.
Mugabe is the only president who has ever visited Zambia from the time Sata became president of Zambia.
Meanwhile, security sources have disclosed that Sata may appear in Zimbabwe at the swearing in of Mugabe later in the week, if he will be feeling well enough to travel from UK.