Vice President Guy Scott has maintained that President Sata is in Israel on a working holiday.
Dr Scott however told Parliament that he does not know when President Sata will return back to Zambia.
He said the heightened speculation about President Sata’s whereabouts have been fueled mainly by the online media who have been making innuendos out of fiction.
Dr Scott was making a statement on the whereabouts of President Sata following a point of order raised by Monze Central MP Jackie Mwiimbu.
He maintained that President Sata is on a working holiday in Israel and that he may meet Israeli President Shimon Perez in due course.
“The Press Statement issued by Acting Information and Broadcasting Minister Hon. Mwansa Kapeya on Sunday, 22 June 2014 confirmed indeed that the President is in Israel on a working holiday and the Israeli President is aware of President Sata’s visit and may in due course meet him when appropriate,” Dr Scott said.
He said he is ready to provide video footage of President Sata during his stay in Israel.
And Deputy Speaker Mkhondo Lungu curtailed any further debate surrounding the health of President Sata.
“Members of Parliament will appreciate that I did not hesitate to order the Vice President to issue a statement on the whereabouts of the President but sustaining questions about President Sata’s health will be going against the rules set by the Speaker when he ruled that questions about the health of the President will not be entertained,” Mr Nkhondo said.