The PF Government has denied reports that President Sata was Sunday afternoon evacuated to South Africa after he collapsed at Statehouse.
President Sata is said to have collapsed after a hectic Africa Freedom Day schedule and was rushed to South Africa by Air ambulance hired from Zimbabwe after his condition worsened. First Lady Christine Kaseba is said to have managed to travel with President Sata after returning from her over seas trip.
President Sata was early Sunday morning at the Freedom Statue for the wreath laying ceremony. The sharp contrast in the Presidents appearance to what he looked a few weeks ago shocked many Zambians.
Immediately after leaving Freedom Statue the president was scheduled for the Investiture programme at State House. He was due to officially open the National Heroes Stadium thereafter but he did not show up . No official explanation was given for why the President did not show up for the much anticipated opening of the National Heroes Stadium on Sunday.
State House has however dismissed all the rumors that President Michael Sata collapsed and was evacuated to South Africa for medical attention.Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations George Chellah denied rumors circulating that President Sata has been flown to South Africa.
“All I can tell you is that your reports are not true. Just go and tell whoever has told you such rumors that it is not true. I have told you that it is not true so why are you asking me such questions? What confirmation do you need, go and ask your source further questions because what I have told you is that it is not true,” Mr Chellah said.
Information Minister and Chief Government Spokesman Joseph Katema expressed ignorance about the reports of the evacuation and asked to know the source of the information before he cut the line.
“Who told you that? As for me I don’t know anything. Go and ask the one who has told you,” Dr Katema said before he hung up.
When reached for confirmation, Defence Minister Edgar Lungu asked to be called back later.