Breaking News: Zambian President Michael Sata Dies at 77

Date: 29-10-2014 9:38 am (6 years ago) | Author: Giwa bayo
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Zambian President Michael Sata, who was nicknamed "King Cobra" for his fiery tongue and larger-than-life personality, has died, the country's national radio said Wednesday morning.
He was 77.
Officials did not disclose a cause of death. But Sata had traveled to London for unspecified medical treatment last week.
He died in a hospital there Tuesday evening, the government-owned Zambia Daily Mail said.
Sata took office in September 2011 after the incumbent President tearfully conceded in a televised speech, a rare moment in a continent known for volatile elections and leaders fighting their defeat tooth-and-nail.
Analysts hailed his election as an example of an African nation with a vibrant democracy. But not too long after he took office, speculation swirled over his lack of visibility -- which especially stood out for a man who loves the spotlight.
Aides said his absence was a result of private international visits, and maintained those trips had nothing to do with medical treatment.
The nation's bloggers have frequently criticized what they describe as "absence of leadership," leading him to make a surprise appearance in parliament last month and declare that he was not dead.
Sata was born in the Zambian town of Mpika in 1936, and worked as police officer during the colonial administration. He later trained as a pilot in Russia before returning home and helping develop housing projects in the nation.
During Zambia's struggle for independence from Britain, he jumped into politics, and later founded the Patriotic Front -- then an opposition party. His campaign events electrified crowds drawn to his extroverted nature and fight for the average man.
Sata, who narrowly lost to his predecessor Rupiah Banda in 2008, was a major critic of Chinese investment in the nation's copper industry. He especially targeted foreign companies that mistreat Zambian workers, making him popular among the nation's miners who accused the Chinese of deplorable work conditions.
While in office, he warned foreign companies that while their investment is crucial to his nation, they must abide by the labor laws.
The veteran politician has served in other positions, including city council, member of parliament and cabinet minister for local government.
Before his election, the tiny, copper-rich nation in southern Africa had been ruled by the same party for decades.

Posted: at 29-10-2014 09:38 AM (6 years ago) | Hero
- Alasi1 at 29-10-2014 10:04 AM (6 years ago)
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R.I.P
Posted: at 29-10-2014 10:04 AM (6 years ago) | Newbie
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- Wysetots at 29-10-2014 10:20 AM (6 years ago)
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R.I.P
Posted: at 29-10-2014 10:20 AM (6 years ago) | Hero
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- angesco at 29-10-2014 10:24 AM (6 years ago)
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Another African leader dying in a LONDON hospital?

When will ONE African leader take the LEAD in overhauling medical facilities in their nation. Is it so difficult to cater for your citizens who voted you into power? Now we have the military from foriegn nations moving into Liberia, Guinea and Sierre Leone to help with the epidemic outbreak all because they have no hospitals or strong medical services to fight Ebola. Liberia  became INDEPENDENT in 1874 - for goodness sake.

Well, we can now see why no one cares - the "leaders" use the tax payers money to seek medical attention in Europe. Or maybe it looks good on their obituary to have died in London! And now more money will be wasted - sorry spent - on a lavish burial!!!

May his soul find rest.

Posted: at 29-10-2014 10:24 AM (6 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Larry28 at 29-10-2014 10:48 AM (6 years ago)
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RIP
Posted: at 29-10-2014 10:48 AM (6 years ago) | Hero
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- morgrawl231 at 29-10-2014 11:13 AM (6 years ago)
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RIP,,,
Posted: at 29-10-2014 11:13 AM (6 years ago) | Hero
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- allenspike at 29-10-2014 12:03 PM (6 years ago)
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Rest in Peace
Posted: at 29-10-2014 12:03 PM (6 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- SweetDaddy1 at 29-10-2014 03:19 PM (6 years ago)
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There should be a law banning all public office holders and their family members from going abroad for hospital treatment,
Africa has qualified  medical workers, what they need are new model equipments to enable efficient service delivery.
When people in position of power are banned from going abroad and using private hospital for treatments, they will have to
modernize hospitals or go to native doctors.
Posted: at 29-10-2014 03:19 PM (6 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- bamilok2008 at 29-10-2014 04:00 PM (6 years ago)
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greedy Africa Leader make he no die, spending years on throne
Posted: at 29-10-2014 04:00 PM (6 years ago) | Upcoming
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- beneno at 29-10-2014 04:21 PM (6 years ago)
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RIP
Posted: at 29-10-2014 04:21 PM (6 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- dareper at 29-10-2014 05:55 PM (6 years ago)
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London hospital for give him back his life naa, rubbish!!! RIP jare
Posted: at 29-10-2014 05:55 PM (6 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- elchymo at 24-08-2015 04:37 AM (5 years ago)
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RIP
Posted: at 24-08-2015 04:37 AM (5 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- judeabaga1 at 2-09-2015 02:05 PM (5 years ago)
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RIP
Posted: at 2-09-2015 02:05 PM (5 years ago) | Upcoming
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- sestay at 2-09-2015 04:24 PM (5 years ago)
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Rest in Peace
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