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President Michael Sata is dead

President Michael Sata has died, and his vice, Guy Scott will act as President for 90 days.

Mr Sata becomes the second sitting head of state to die in office after Levy Mwanawasa, who died in August 2008.

Mr Sata died on Tuesday night at 23:11 hours, at King Edward the seventh Hospital in Central London.

Secretary to Cabinet Roland Msiska has announced to the nation on ZNBC Radio and TV.

First Lady Christine Kaseba, and President Sata’s son – Mulenga, were at the bedside when Mr Sata died.

President Sata left the country for London on October 20 for a medical check up.

Dr. Msiska has urged the public to remain calm, united and peaceful during this period.

President Sata became the fifth president of Zambia on September 23, 2011.

He was born on July 6, 1937, and died at 77.

And Justice Minister and PF Secretary General Edgar Lungu has announced that Dr Scott will act as President for 90 days, as per provision of the Zambian Constitution.

Mr Lungu who has been acting President says the death of Mr Sata has created a difficult time for Zambia and the PF.

He says the death of President Sata has robbed the world of a gallant, patriotic and visionary leader.

He says the PF is saddened at the untimely death of President Sata who formed the ruling party in 2001.

Mr Lungu says President Sata has died at the time when his vision for development and his programs to fight poverty are beginning to bear fruits.

Mr Lungu has called on the nation to carry on with President Sata’s spirit of love, unity and tolerance during the mourning period and beyond.

And Acting President Dr Scott has appealed to Zambians to remain calm during the transition period.

Addressing the nation on ZNBC TV and Radio on Wednesday in the afternoon, Dr Scott said Zambians should remain united.

Reactions

And UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema says he has learnt of the death of President Sata with sadness.

Mr Hichilema says this is the time to put political differences aside and mourn President Sata with dignity and respect.

Veteran Politician Vernon Mwaanga has sent a message of condolences to the First family and the Patriotic Front on the death of President Michael Sata.

Dr. Mwaanga says the country should put aside political differences and give President SATA a decent state funeral.

And MMD President Nevers Mumba has called on the country to mourn President Sata with honour and dignity.

Fourth Revolution Party leader Eric Chanda says he is saddened by the death of President Michael Sata.

Mr Chanda says Zambia has been robbed of a gallant political soldier and a hero of governance.

NAREP

The National Restoration Party-NAREP Youth Council has extended condolences to President Michael Sata’s family and Zambians on the death of the Head of State.

NAREP Secretary for youth and Sports, Frank Sichone says his party stands in solidarity with Mr Sata’s family and Zambians during this trying moment.

MEDIA: MISA

And the Media Institute of Southern Africa -MISA Zambia is also saddened by death of President Sata’s at the time Zambia is celebrating its Golden Jubilee.

Chairperson Hellen Mwale says MISA Zambia will remember President Sata for his contribution towards media freedom.

Ms Mwale says President Sata made the Independent Broadcasting Authority -IBA- Act of 2002 operational and allowed the Zambian media to regulate itself through the Zambian Media Council -ZAMEC.

This is contained in a statement released to ZNBC news in Lusaka.

ZNBC

And ZNBC Board Chairperson John Mulwila says the public broadcaster has learnt with disbelief, the death of President Michael Sata.

Dr Mulwila has since wished the First lady, Christine Kaseba and the President’s family, as well as the nation, God’s comfort.

UK

The United Kingdom-UK has joined Zambians in mourning President Michael Sata.

UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has expressed condolences to the Sata family and people of Zambia.

Mr Hammond says he is saddened to hear of the death of President Sata.

This is contained in a statement released to ZNBC news in Lusaka.

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