President Michael Sata has left for Japan and South Korea.
Sata left with his with his wife Christine Kaseba and his mouthpiece George Chellah left aboard Ethiopian Airlines at 15:40hrs Monday afternoon.
In a rather enhanced security arrangement, Sata went to Kenneth Kaunda International Airport using both the presidential chopper and his motorcade.
Sources at State House have told the Watchdog that Sata also instructed his Sentries outside State House gate to remain standing even after he had left and disguise that he was still inside.
The President leaves amid fierce fighting between Justice Minister, Wynter Kabimba and Defence Minister Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba (GBM) who are among the senior members of his party and cabinet.
Mr. Sata, who was seen off by Finance Minister, Alexander Chikwanda, and Ceremonial Vice-President, Guy Scott, left aboard Ethiopian Airways at 15:40 hours.
They will only retun on October 19, 2012.
His programme in Japan is still not known but he will proceed to South Korea.
According to PF controlled ZNBC, Sata will deliver a key note address at the third Korea-Africa Summit Seoul.
Just over a week ago, Sata was in the United States of America.