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Vol 55 No 21

Published 24th October 2014


Zambia

Party rivalries grow as Sata ails

The President’s departure for medical treatment on the eve of the country’s 50th birthday seems to confirm the severity of his condition

Few believe that President Michael Sata would miss such a prestigious event as tomorrow's 50th anniversary of Zambia's Independence. And yet a State House statement said he had left the country on 20 October for a 'medical check-up'. Having made no public appearances since he returned from the United States in September, the fact he has gone abroad at such short notice has been widely taken as a sign that his condition is terminal. A political source in Lusaka said he had gone to London. The Defence Minister and the governing Patriotic Front Secretary General Edgar Lungu was left to run Zambia in his absence.

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