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Zambian President Attacks George Bush During Charity Event

This week former U.S. President George W. Bush travelled to Zambia on behalf of a women’s health charity, however as an ugly scene developed at State House as the new President of Zambia Michael Sata unexpectedly denounced the former American head of state as a “colonialist” who had stolen away Africa’s resources.

Earlier in the week, President Bush had attended the opening ceremony of a new health clinic on behalf of the Red Ribbon / Pink Ribbon charity, which would help screen Zambian women for cervical cancer and HIV/AIDS.

During a meeting which was open to the media, President Sata said Bush was in Zambia to pay back for what his ‘colonialist’ country had taken away from Africa.

“The most interesting thing, previously there used to be four great countries: United States of America, United Kingdom, Russia and France. And you have all drifted away; you have abandoned Africa after taking all our raw commodities, our raw materials and build your cities,” President Sata said during his public attack against Bush at State House.  “I mean, as far as you are concerned Africa doesn’t exist. And when we have a former colonialist like you coming back to pay back what you took out of this country we are grateful.”

The impromptu attack did not sit well with President Bush, who quickly interjected and told Sata that he was wrong to brand America as such when it actually also fought colonialism itself exactly 236 years ago, and furthermore has never held any colonial territory in Africa.  President Bush interrupted President Sata to say that America had never been a colonialist, but freed itself from colonialism just like Zambia.

“Mr. President, I don’t want to be argumentative, but America was never a colonial nation.  We broke free like you broke free from those who wanted to colonise us,” he said.  “France might have been a colonial nation, Britain might have been a colonial nation, but not the United States of America,” Bush said, prompting laughter from the audience.

President Sata however insisted that America was a colonialist state because it had financial influence.

“The United States has money,” Sata said.  “When they had money, the big colonisers depended on American money. The Americans did not physically colonise us, but at the same time, the Americans still have scars of slavery. And if you have the scars of slavery whether you colonised or you didn’t colonise us you still have those scars.”

“No question about it,” Bush agreed.

By the end of the uncomfortable press conference, President Sata thanked Bush for his support in the fight against cancer, but not before again attacking the United States for not paying attention to the right diseases in Africa.

“These are some of the problems which many people don’t pay much attention to. They pay attention to diarrhoea, pneumonia, TB and even heart attack. But they don’t pay much attention to [cancer], but it’s our biggest killer in Africa. And what you do now, when you are raising the funds, you are dealing with the ladies. So, you have now to move to the gentlemen because side by side you have cervical cancer for  women and you have prostate cancer for the men, so you can’t treat one side and leave the others,” said President Sata.

“So, we will leave it to Madam Laura Bush to deal with prostate cancer, you deal with cervical cancer,” Sata said.

President Sata also expressed anger at Bush for keeping him waiting at State House.  President Sata walked to the State House main entrance and , holding his hands in the pocket, told United States Embassy public affairs officer Priscilla Hernandez that he did not like being kept waiting.

“I cannot be waiting here. He [Bush] is former president; he is not the current president [of the United States] so I cannot be waiting for him. I’m not an American for me to be waiting for him, and I don’t intend to be an American,” President Sata told Hernandez as Bush’s security kept communicating with their colleagues who were with Bush on their way to State House.

“The young man is lucky that he is the first American leader to have brought money to Africa through his Millennium Challenge [Account]; that’s why I’m standing here. Otherwise if it was somebody else I would have handed him over to one of my ministers to meet him.”

However, Bush arrived at State House before Sata finished his irritable remarks.

23 Comments

  1. chime, victor ikechukwu

    I think the Zambian President was unnecessarily rude. His behaviour is timid and unbecoming of a president.
    He Sata should comport himself well before a dignitary like Bush. Africans are known for our hospitality!

  2. more fire

    sata is right comrades. remember he was a cleaner in london for a long time and he has had plenty of time to think DEEPLY AND IN A PHILOSOPHICAL MANNER about colonialism. he comported himself very well in front of this bush man. and the point he makes is very INTELLECTUAL that america is a colonialist power because even though it never had colonies it has money. also he was opposed to iran getting weapons grade uranium for peaceful purposes and he invaded iraq whose peaceful leader and nice sons he killed. so how can this bushman claim that america is not colonialist? any person with a god mind can clearly see the truth in this matter.

  3. With Held

    >>more fire

    Get over it. A country is colonial because it has money? using that yardstick everyone in the world is responsible for where Zambia stands apart from of course… Zambia.

    27.3% of GDP is foreign aid. 5th highest in the world (http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/eco_aid_as_of_gdp-economy-aid-as-of-gdp)

    It is high time Zambia follows Asia’s lead, stop playing the VICTIM, get on with it, work hard and prosper. Asians were also colonised and one never hears them complain about the past. They look to the future and make it happen.

    Stop playing the victim. The world is sick of it.

  4. The Guys

    THE PRESIDENT WAS RIGHT IN WHAT EVER HE SAID.
    VIVA SATA, WHY SHOULD HE INTIMIDATE OUR PRESIDENT????

  5. Bwalya Chilufya

    The PRESIDENT was right why should we be dancing to these people’s tune always…. the most worst part was him Bush was even late. let us be frank no one can be tolerated to keep the president in the guess in the western world. read in between the lines and you will understand HIS EXCELLENCE’s words

  6. Zander Cage

    Anyone supporting this kind of behaviour by the Head of State is nothing but a moron. Sata is just an embarrassment…..!

  7. Ken Mwanza

    He who pays the fiddler selects the tune.Maybe Bush should have brought some cartoon DVD’s I am sure like Idi Amin he would have been eternally gratefull.

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  9. CHIMBWI NO PLAN

    False pride when you are there begging. You even shamelessly look towards your own affliction and say, cervical cancer, look down my trouses andcheck out my prostrate and give me some relief!” If you are so proud stop begging.

  10. States Man

    We need a new President. Here is another wake up call I found for Mr. President. http://zambiatoday.net/wakeup-call-for-sata-and-the-pf-government/

  11. ngana

    Sata is convasing money for his prostate cancer condition. He should have told George Bush to help get treatment in the USA, instead of attacking the former president in public

    • Chintu

      All you support Bushman you are hopeless. Continue to be doing things others want you to do for them. continue denying that you are not slaves for the … till now. You are the ones keeping us begging from outside but not working hard to develop ourselves. If I had a better word, I could say you are very stupid and useless. And if you think you are a dornor, keep what your dornate because nobody forces you to do so. But you continue doing so because you believe in surviving throung African countries – we shall not continue allowing you to steal like that even when we are well awere that you will come with your big guns and war weapons! DEVILS will continue to be Devils and Demons remain demain! Shit!!!!

    • Chintu

      All you supporting Bushman you are hopeless. Continue to be doing things others want you to do for them. continue denying that you are not slaves for the … till now. You are the ones keeping us begging from outside but not working hard to develop ourselves. If I had a better word, I could say you are very stupid and useless. And if you think you are a dornor, keep what your dornate because nobody forces you to do so. But you continue doing so because you believe in surviving through African countries – we shall not continue allowing you to steal like that even when we are well awere that you will come with your big guns and war weapons! DEVILS will continue to be Devils and Demons remain demain! Shit!!!!

  12. Fredrigo

    Dnt insult da doc b4 u get well…! At da end of da day da poor pay da price bcz of da president’s unprofessional behaviour…

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  14. George jere

    The question I would like to pose to fellow countrymen/women:WAS COLONIALISM A BAD THING? the merits are evident :education,roads,electric power etc etc.
    The demerits…racism ,no vote etc.
    Now please answer this question :WHAT IS MORE DEHUMANISING? lACK OF POLITICAL FREEDOM OR ABJECT POVERTY?
    A sober assessment can only lead to one answer…..take your guess.

  15. daniel

    sata was wrong.Bush was right.Sata can’t be compared to bush.sata should watch his words.

  16. daniel

    you bembas you are killing us.you can not admit if something is wrong.you are the biggest part of the problem.the suffering of zambia is because of you.
    think reflect and be objective

  17. Jere

    Zambia why why do we talk so cheap lets cut down the drink it could be a factor, no disrespect to the zambians who are making positive contributions.

  18. Esther Paula Mwale

    Brother,Mr Sata isn’t rude or what note.He is only a man who speaks out what REALLY needs to be heard in a situation.He is not a hypocrite to bow down to ugly situations.He needed to open some of our eyes but,proved futile in your case.

  19. onelove

    Oh! Sata! It looks like President Sata can’t help himself! People could say he is joking, me thinks his jokes are in poor taste. They might sound funny and some of us might rejoice at his telling off a leader, albeit former, of the only remaining super power. But at whose expense? The ordinary Zambian. Zambia, or any African country as such, can’t afford to antagonise such big countries as the US, China and The U.K. Ask Mugabe. Mr Sata needs to learn the art of decorum and diplomacy in his talks. I miss the late president Mwanawasa, there was a great statesman! In my opinion, the best President Zambia has ever had.

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