Post link 24 June 2014, 21:56
Concern is growing for the President’s health and also for the impact on his party should he leave office prematurely

http://zambiareports.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/president-michael-sata-300x175.jpgPresident Michael Sata's office announced on 22 June that he had flown to Israel for a 'working holiday', including meetings with President Shimon Peres. Yet Israeli media reported that Peres was due in Washington this week and made no mention of any meeting with the Zambian President. Sata's main purpose is medical treatment, say our sources in Lusaka. Until his return, he has made Wynter Kabimba, the controversial Secretary General of the governing Patriotic Front (PF) and Justice Minister, Acting President. Persistent reports of Sata's treatment in Britain and India for what is believed to be prostate cancer have never been confirmed. However, Sata left Zambia on the Presidential Challenger business jet in the evening of 20 June in the company of his Spokesperson George Chellah, his wife Christine Kaseba and his personal physicians.

Below is the full statement

Republic of Zambia
Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services


STATEMENT BY HON. MWANSA KAPEYA, MP, ACTING MINISTER OF INFORMATION AND BROADCASTING SERVICES AND CHIEF GOVERNMENT SPOKESPERSON ON HIS EXCELLENCY THE PRESIDENT MR. MICHAEL SATA’S WORKING HOLIDAY IN ISRAEL
His Excellency the President Mr. Michael Chilufya Sata has arrived in the Israeli capital Tel Aviv on a working holiday at the invitation of out-going Israeli President His Excellency Mr. Shimon Peres.

President Sata, who is accompanied to Israel by First Lady Dr. Christine Kaseba Sata and other senior government officials, was received by Zambia’s Honorary Consular-General to the Republic of Israel Her Excellency Ms. Ronit Hershkovitz.

While in Israel, President Sata will among other important engagements, have meetings with out-going Israeli President Mr. Shimon Peres and Israeli senior Government officials.

The President will also hold meetings with Israeli businessmen who are interested in investing in Zambia’s rural industrialization project.

Hon. Mwansa Kapeya, MP
ACTING MINISTER OF INFORMATION AND BROADCASTING SERVICES AND CHIEF GOVERNMENT SPOKESPERSON


22nd June, 2014

Source: www.africa-confidential.com


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