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Vol 53 No 10

Published 11th May 2012


Zambia

Sata’s health and other scares

Question marks are multiplying about Sata’s judgement, his choice of regional friends and his well-being

Even before his famous victory in last year’s presidential election, Zambians heard rumours about Michael Sata being unwell. When he unexpectedly flew to India in March for medical attention, just a day after returning from a state visit to Botswana, they were confirmed. President Sata had been scheduled for a routine medical check-up in South Africa before the polls, Africa Confidential hears, but he postponed the trip for fear that talk of ill-health would cost votes.

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