The government of Zambia announced that Michael Sata, the president of Zambia has died at the age of 77. The president has earned a reputation of being sharp tongued and very abrasive in his speech and manners. The president was nicknamed “King Cobra” because of these personality traits.
Michael Sata died on Tuesday, October 28 at a hospital in London and the sad news was announced by the Lusaka government today, Wednesday, October 29. After months of being in the hospital, the president of Zambia passed away and the cause of his death still unknown.
The Zambian government has denied the rumors that the president was suffering from a terminal disease. Because of his unknown illness president Michael Sata couldn’t attend this year’s meeting of the United Nations General Assembly that took place in New York. Reports said that the president of Zambia was taken to his hotel room prior to the meeting because he was feeling very ill.
Before leaving for New York to attend the important meeting, President Michael Sata said in a mocking way that he was not ill. Also, the president was quoted of stating at the Parliament in Lusaka:
“I am not dead yet.”
President Michael Sata went to London ten days ago to have a medical checkup. At the time he did not make public in what city he was going to have the medical examinations.
The Zambian government gathered for a meeting today on order to discuss the situation after the death of their president. The government is trying to decide on electing an interim leader before the official elections which are held in 90 days. The Zambian government has two leading candidates at the moment: Vice President Guy Scott, who is a government minister and a former farmer, and the other candidate who is Edgar Lungu, the current defense minister of Zambia.
After losing three elections, Michael Sata became the president of Zambia in 2011. He described himself as being a “man of action” who was against the Chinese investors in the Zambian economy. Zambia is a Central African country very dependent on its copper mining industry.