President Michael Sata has again snubbed vice-president Guy Scott and left Edgar Lungu to act as president indefinitely.
Ailing Sata left Saturday afternoon for the UN summit in USA but State House sources say the main reason is for Korean doctors to prepare him for the 50th independence celebrations.
State House officials will send photos of Sata shaking hands with, or seating with other presidents to selected online publications that have agreed to run their propaganda to show that he is attending the meeting. But just after the UN summit, Sata will go into hibernation again and possibly be flown to Korea for medication.
Since no one knows how long Sata will stay in hospitals, Edgar Lungu has been left with the mandate to act as president indefinitely.
‘’Edgar’s appointment as acting president is indefinite because we do not know when the president is returning’, said a source close to the powers that be.
Sources further explain that it took more than two months to prepare Sata to appear at parliament for a few minutes, so doctors need enough time to put him together so that he is able to stand in public longer during the independence celebrations which he has no choice but to preside over.
And government sources say vice-president Guy Scott is not happy that Sata has given power to a minister again despite he, Scott, publicly stating that he should be the one to act when Sata is out.
On July 18, 2014, Vice president Guy Scott said that he duly qualifies to act as President in the absence of the Head of State.
Speaking during the 30-minute Vice President’s question time in parliament, Scott asserted that the Zambian people have misunderstood the parentage clause.
He said ‘brains in the judiciary” including lawyers and the Law Association of Zambia were aware that he qualifies to act as president.
Sata is accompanied on the trip by his wife Christine Kaseba, as well as a team of six doctors – three of them hailing from Korea, one from India, and two Zambian doctors and a group of government ministers and officials.