Senior military sources have revealed that President Michael Sata is in a coma and have further confirmed that he was flown to South Africa before being evacuated to Israel .
‘Yes we can confirm that the President was flown to South Africa first and information filtering through is that he is now in a coma,’ said a senior army officer.
The source also disclosed that the army and the Paramilitary Presidential guards have been put on red alert because security wings are not happy with the manner Winter Kabimba is trying to assume the presidency.
Security has also been heightened at the Ministry of Justice where Winter Kabimba operates from.
Another source pointed out that there has been alot of friction between the security wings and Winter Kabimba’s group regarding the handling of President Sata.
‘On Africa freedom day the army was against exposing the frail Sata to the public but Kabimba and his group forced him to go to the Freedom Statue, they also took him to court so that they show Zambians that he is finished, there has been alot of friction but the army has been very professional,’ said the source.
The Kabimba group is said to be ploting on how to get the support of the defence forces to back them because as things stand Kabimba is desliked by the military.
The military is believed to have advised the PF to find a substantitve vice-president as the current situation where ceremonial vice –president Guy Scot can’t act as President was a recipe for confusion should Sata die but they rubbished the advice.
‘We advised them to find a substantive vice –president when Sata was diagnosed with dementia but they did not listen, what if the President does not come back in time and Kabimba’s period to act as president lapses, do you think Kabimba will get support from the cabinet to continue acting?’ observed the source.
It has also been disclosed that in the weeks leading to Sata’s evacuation for treament he was unable to recognise senior army officers whom he was calling by name few weeks ago.
‘It was clear that the President was struggling to remember names of his senior officers as he was shaking hands with them,’ said the source.
It is strongly believed that Kabimba’s group is hoping that Sata dies within the period that Winter is acting as they believe it will be alot more easy for him to get support and emerge as the PF candidate in the by-election.
It has also come to light that information about Sata’s absence from the country was deliberately not communicated to the sentries at the main gate to hide Sata’s evacuation.
Government only confirmed that Sata was out of the country after his absence was exposed by the Zambian Watchdog.