As speculation surrounding the health of Zambia’s President Michael Sata, the latest developments have revealed a secret plot to replace Mr Sata quietly.
This development comes after separate interviews with named senior Zambian officials who spoke to ZimEye sounding their acceptance of the President’s fate and the strategy to appoint a successor after several efforts to create appearances of hope on Mr Sata by Patriotic Front members, failed and by Friday even his wife was found allegedly eulogising what is believed to be an orbituary in her husband’s honour.[slideshow-wpsp]
While Zambia’s ambassador to the United Kingdom Mr Paul Lumbi refused to comment on Mr Sata’s condition and on Thursday told ZimEye to obtain answers only from the Minister of Information in Lusaka, PF members back in Zambia however, began openly discussing replacing Mr Sata with even his deputy Guy Scott saying the party’s Secretary General Wynter Kabimba will “take over” as acting President. Mr Scott was on Friday thus accused of campaigning for Mr Kabimba, and he defended himself claiming he had only been speaking in general about the constitution regarding succession. Dr Scott said that by suggesting that Mr Kabimba is the most senior in the PF to act as President did not mean campaigning for him.
“There was no campaign for anyone. My statement was not meant to show any hostility to anyone but I was merely explaining the 1996 parentage clause (on the eligibility of a Presidential successor) in the constitution,” he said.
However on Mr Sata’s health, Scott said he is barred from speaking. Mr Sata has not appeared in public for over 22 days to date. Scott said he would not allow MPs seeking access to view Mr Sata as that would need permission from State House. “At the moment I can’t give an exact answer but I have to convey the message to State House so that I get clearance,” Mr Scott said.
The development comes as Zambian Civil Rights activist Brebner Changala petitioned the High Court to constitute a medical board to examine the health of President Michael Sata, a motion which was rejected by the court as frivolous and vexatious.
Meanwhile Mr Sata’s wife Christine Kaseba was on Friday quoted voicing admiration for her husband in what has been alleged to be an orbituary.
“When Mr Michael Sata came to ask for my hand in marriage after I finished school, my father’s words come to pass. Mr Sata was charged K1000 for my dowry but in his true state, he instead paid them K10,000 as my bride price and he has continued to be good to my family even now,” she said.
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