President Michael Sata is alive in New York City

President Sata at the New York Palace Hotel
President Sata at the New York Palace Hotel

Vice President Guy Scott says President Michael Sata is alive contrary to US media reports suggesting that he had died.

Dr Scott said this in Parliament this morning in response to a question by Monze central Member of Parliament Jack Mwiimbu who wanted to know the President’s health status following US media reports that he was attended to by Doctors in his hotel room.

Dr Scott says the health of President Sata has been entirely normal in New York this morning.

He says following the media reports he was very quick to ascertain the actual situation which revealed that it was not true that the President had died.

Dr Scott also told Parliament during the Vice President’s question time that further investigations have also revealed that the President has not even received specialized or emergency medical treatment in New York.

And Dr Scott says a Head of State can be in attendance at the UN General Assembly without necessarily having to speak unless one has something particular that they want to add to the world discourse.

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.

Earlier this morning Chief Government Spokesperson Joseph Katema told QFM in an interview that Government has not received any information that President Michael Sata has been admitted to a New York hospital as has been reported by US media.

US media organizations that reported President Sata’s hospitalization include VOA, New York Times, Newsweek and Associated Press.
( Friday 26th September 2014 )