Govt expresses ignorance on President Sata’s ‘hospitalisation’

SATA-CHINA-DIPLOMAT-624x361Chief Government Spokesperson Joseph Katema says Government has not received any information that President Michael Sata has been admitted to a New York hospital as is being reported by US media.

Reacting to US media reports that President Sata was admitted to hospital after falling sick on Thursday, Dr Katema has told QFM News in a telephone interview this morning that government has not received any such adverse information from the President’s delegation in New York.

US media organizations that reported President Sata’s hospitalization include VOA, Newsweek and Associated Press.

President Sata is in New York for the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly, where he was scheduled to speak on Wednesday.

He did not deliver the address to the 193-member world body.

20 Responses to "Govt expresses ignorance on President Sata’s ‘hospitalisation’"

  1. Chief of Grief   September 26, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Mwe Lesa wandi!!Please restore my cobras health napepa mweba pulumushi pantu my heart cries for my president…….Add more years to Mr Michael nalomba ine.

  2. UMWAUME   September 26, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Finito, is my presido going like Levy? Levy was on duty he never came back. This time again, on duty. God help us not to happen again in Jesus name. Have mercy lord.

  3. Trixy   September 26, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Hospitalised again? When some of us say that people who are forcing Sata to work are not good, we are termed bad. This man is put under a lot of stress all in the name of trying to prove that he is fit. He stands up to open Parliament and the next day reports are all over that those who wishing him ill should be ashamed coz he is “fine”. Calling a spade a spade is very important. Sate himself used to do that to George Kunda and Levy Mwanawasa. Let someone else act in his position while he is resting and receiving proper medical attention. Those who genuinely love our president will know and appreciate the fact that the president is not well and needs to rest.

    • Judge Joe Bidden   September 26, 2014 at 1:51 pm

      @Trixy, Sata also fuels these speculations or talks because he keeps on saying hes ok or fine a week later hes on drips in foreign lands! Why cant he just resign and take a rest? Botswana vice President Melafe resigned few months ago on his ill health but once in whaile when better he joins his colleagues on political stuff, again same country President Mogae paved way for his vice now president while he became act in business, Zambia we only change when they drop dead thats not good. If hes not fine REST! then you get full medical attention and spend time with family members or grand children!

  4. njota   September 26, 2014 at 10:49 am

    Lon live king Cobra. God is with you.

  5. WAZABANGA   September 26, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Where and what is the problem?surely these people whoare forcing this man to work are devils how surely can you do that,and to the president himself let him not pretend all is well coz people are there to see that he is not the man we knew as the real cobra please big man rest and to the PF government come out in open and tell the man to have a break and allow him to recover fully or else it will be bad for the country.

  6. mj banda   September 26, 2014 at 11:42 am

    So they just announce if he dies te, Sata is the father of Zambia and anyone hiding what’s happpening to the President should be fired

  7. Janjaweed   September 26, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    He will be fine.

  8. Judge Joe Bidden   September 26, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    One NEWS oulet: President Michael Sata received emergency medical treatment today at the Four Seasons Hotel in New York, New York, where he had traveled to attend the United Nations General Assembly

    Another NEWS outlet: Zambian President Michael Sata has been admitted to a hospital in New York city. Sata was in New York for the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly, where he was scheduled to speak Wednesday.

  9. Judge Joe Bidden   September 26, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    This government really something should we depend on outside sources for such terrible NEWS? SATA’s emergency treatment in his room and later to hospital is all over global NEWS yet the Zambian government remains mum and shows ignorance. Sis!

  10. Judge Joe Bidden   September 26, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Just Google “Sata Hospitalized” you will see lots of links on his emergency treatment. Yet the his Vice refuses, these guys need voting out now. A president is for the people and the people are entitled to data to his well being.

  11. Lie Detector   September 26, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Bushe mwe bena Zambia mukaleka lisa ukumfwa ku bufi? Who told you that the President has been hospitalized? why do you like listening to the Dog Watcher?

    • Judge Joe Bidden   September 26, 2014 at 1:59 pm

      Why would a New York Police Chief lie? What does he have against Zambia?, does he even know Zambia? Police were involved for the security of a States man which incumbent on the host nationa and a requirement by United Nation. Stop avoiding books or ukusambilila! Its a FACT Sata was attended to in his room my friend in NY also has confirmed an hour ago.

  12. kcm   September 26, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Sorry for that. Long live Mr. presido

  13. JSM   September 26, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    Let’s unite and pray for the president. not time for funny jokes

  14. @allan   September 26, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    God will help him

  15. kankoyo Man   September 26, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    Bakesa. ngakufwa bakafwila ku Lusaka nangu ku Mpika

  16. Ba Ntamba Lukuta   September 26, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    A mystery no-show at the United Nations raises speculations about the state of health of Zambia’s President, Michael Sata, who last week emphatically told the Lusaka parliament, “I am not dead.”

    A well-placed source at the U.N. told Newsweek that Sata died in his hotel room on Thursday. The Associated Press reported Thursday that the 77-year old president was treated at his hotel by doctors. A spokesperson for the New York Police Department confirmed Friday morning that he was treated at his hotel by U.S. State Department doctors and remained there. A spokesman at the Zambian mission declined comment when several reporters inquired about Sata’s health.

    On Friday, Zambian vice president Guy Scott told Parliament that the president’s health was normal and denied reports that he was unwell, according to local media.

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    The speculations started swirling Wednesday night, when Sata failed to show up for his scheduled address at the General Assembly, which this week conducts its annual debate, an opportunity for the U.N.’s 193 members to showcase their policies to the world. Sata was slated to follow Venezuela’s president, Nicolas Maduro, Wednesday night.

    The U.N. moderator then received a notice, and after a short hesitation announced, instead, that the next speaker, Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron, would address the council. No alternative time for Sata’s address was announced.

    In yet another twist in the mystery, a provisional list of speakers that was issued by the UN Friday slated Zambia’s foreign minister, Harry Kalaba, to address the general assembly as the last speaker Friday night. He would speak instead of the president, who was originally scheduled to speak on Wednesday.

    According to All Africa, a website specializing in reporting from the continent, Sata traveled to New York accompanied by six doctors as part of his entourage of 38 people. The report cited an unnamed source who said that the reason the president came to New York ahead of the launch of the Wednesday debate was to visit the Sloane Kettering Cancer Center.

    Wires agencies reported last Friday that Sata addressed parliament after failing for a long time to appear in public, raising speculation about the state of his health. His wife, Christine kept him going, Sata told Parliament, adding, “I am not dead.”

    But rather than finishing his address, he said after a while, “I thank you for listening and I am leaving the whole speech to the Speaker.”

    An earlier version of this article incorrectly described a wire story on a South African website as appearing on a Zambian website. In addition, an earlier version of this story referenced an Associated Press report that Zambian President Michael Sata was treated at his hotel by State Department doctors before being taken to the hospital. The current version reflects an update by the Associated Press that he was treated in his hotel and remained there.

  17. Marvin Lee Makondo   September 27, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    yess he ‘be back in the name of jesus .