The admission by Fred M’membe in his Post newspaper that President Michael Sata has lost his mental bearings and is being controlled by a tribal clique has forced Sata out of bed and into action.
Against doctors’ advice, president Sata this (Saturday) morning left for Mkushi to campaign in a parliamentary bye-lection.
Before leaving, Sata had a heated argument with his wife Christine Kaseba who felt that the ailing president would make his condition worse.
But Sata refused to heed advice and left around 8:30 aboard a chopper. Two other choppers, one carrying Korean doctors and one carrying ‘select’ journalists are accompanying the presidential Chopper, according to Stae House officials.
In Mkushi, the Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) is going round announcing and telling people to go and meet Sata at a public rally.
According to State House sources, Sata will return to Lusaka today; go to Solwezi on Sunday and hold a cabinet meeting on Monday. He will then fly to Vubwi and Kasenengwa in Eastern province on Monday.
Ordinarily, a president managing to leave State House should not be news.
This is the first time Sata will be seen in public since June 20, 2014 when he was evacuated to Israel for medication.