President Michael Sata last night left the country for further specialized treatment abroad, according to a statement which did not give much details but merely said he went for medical check-up.
The Zambia watchdog recently reported that Sata was due for medical treatment, but his condition was not in a position for evacuation.
The PF government instead imported a number of medical doctors to treat him inside State House, but it now looks like the situation needed serious attention.
Sata was sneaked out of the country accompanied by his wife Christine Kaseba, Special Assistant for press and Public Relations George Chellah, and some close family members around mid-night 23:00 for a yet to be announced destination but believed to be Israel.
It is the first time the PF government has ever announced Sata going for ‘medical’ check-up as they have always insisted he is healthy and fit no matter how many times he collapses.
It is not clear when Sata will return home, but a huge national assignment awaits him on 24 October as he has invited lots of other Heads of State for Zambia’s 50th independence jubilee celebrations.
But a check outside State House gate a short-while ago shows that the Zambia Army sentries that man the gates have not been informed as they are still guarding an empty State House, contrary to the laws and traditions.
This is the closest the government have come to admit that Sata is sick.
Below is the brief statement:
THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA
For Immediate Release
PRESIDENT SATA GOES FOR MEDICAL CHECK- UP
LUSAKA, Monday, October 20, 2014 – STATE HOUSE- His Excellency, Mr. Michael Chilufya Sata, President of the Republic of Zambia, last night left for a medical check- up abroad.
First Lady Dr Christine Kaseba, some family members and his press aide have accompanied the Head of State.
SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT
PRESS AND PUBLIC RELATIONS