Heavily edited photos have been circulated by State House showing the confused looking president Michael Sata is able to walk while some of his ministers look worried on their faces.
Worried about the sickness and the absense of Sata from the public, chiefs from Muchinga province went to visit him at State House on Monday.
According to information released, Sata and the chiefs had a private meeting. Before the meeting, photos of Sata were taken by State House staff and circulated to some publications.
But the stage managed gimmick stint just meant for the cameras has backfired. Social networks have gone viral with ‘PR’ photos. People are wondering why Sata can not take a tour of city market or some other public place to put to rest specualtion that he is bed-ridden.
Others are wondering why he cannot even at least hold a press conference to answer various questions on the state of the nation.
Some people believe that after the State House event, he has gone back to his sick bay and won’t be seen for another two weeks.
One person commeting on the photos summarised it as follows:
This is confirmation of his illness. See the following facts. 1. He normally does not like buttoning his jacket and like putting hands in pocket, that’s not the case now 2. Look at the lower part of his jacket, he is protruding on the side. Sata is not fat and have never had a long stomach.
3. His face and hands look swollen not relative to his body proportion.
4. The cameraman avoided taking a closer photo shoot.
5. His hair has thinned and even the hair bleach hasn’t helped to disguise the loses.
The man is deteriorating fast and cancer eating him slowly. He is most likely on high doses of pain killers and energizers.
And Daily Nation quotes political analyst Nason Msoni as saying the absence of President Michael Sata on the political scene is a serious source of discomfort in the nation as he has left it to the unelected bunch of mercenaries to run the show.
Mr Msoni demanded that someone should explain what exactly was going on with Mr Sata who has subsequently created the current sad state of affairs.
He said government owed the citizens of Zambia an explanation on what it was up to because there seemed to be a hiccup in the way things were being done.
He said the absence of the President on the political scene should always be explained to avoid speculation by members of the public who have not seen their leader in public for a long time.
“No one is under any illusion that things are the way they should be in the normal sense of governance. We have been through this before and President Sata then as a leading opposition leader was outspoken demanding for an explanation on the absence and whereabouts of late President Levy Mwanawasa.
“Similarly we demand to know the whereabouts of President Sata. So much has already been said by unofficial statements in various news media pertaining to his predicament and it is now up to government to come clean and clear these perceptions for the benefit of the nation,” Msoni said.
He said there was nothing wrong with the people demanding to know what was happening to the President because they wished him well.
The former presidential aspirant in the MMD further said that it was worrying that the citizens of this country did not know what was inhibiting Mr Sata from being seen in public.
Mr Msoni said the people were now left to wonder whether the President was just a portrait President hanging on the walls while unelected mercenaries run the show.