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Vol 49 No 10

Published 9th May 2008


Sick man, sick opposition

As corruption scandals rage on, politicians contest their parties' future leaderships

With his main rival, Michael Sata, in emergency care in South Africa, Zambia's President Levy Mwanawasa is firmly in charge of his country. Sata suffered a heart attack on 25 April and Mwanawasa quickly evacuated him at government expense, thus probably saving his life. When Guy Scott, Vice-President of Sata's Patriotic Front (PF), said his party would refund all expenses incurred, the government demanded an apology from Scott for 'politicising' his leader's sickness - and reminded voters that he is Zambia's only white parliamentarian. Sata's wife, Christine Kaseba, made it clear that her husband had not sanctioned Scott's statement.

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