“We believe President Sata’s recent behavior and statements raise questions about his current state of mind and we want an independent medical board to examine him,” says UPND presidential adviser Douglas Siakalima.
He told a media briefing in Lusaka today that the UPND is concerned that the Head of State might issue some more statements that might cause chaos in the country.
“We are a responsible, patriotic and concerned political party. We are worried just like everybody else about the President’s state of health.”
Siakalima said the UPND legal team will be invoking the constitutional provisions that empower citizens to petition the Chief Justice to set up a medical board to look into the state of the President’s mind.
“As a trained psychologist, I can tell you that President Sata has been showing signs that warrant a mental check up by an independent medical board as enshrined in our republican constitution.”
He said the drafters of the constitution were not foolish to put in place such provisions in the constitution as they knew that one day, a man in State House might not be in stable mental health.
At the same media briefing, MMD’s Lawrence Zimba who recently had his Kapiri Mposhi seat nullified by the Supreme Court defected to the UPND.
“UPND is the only formidable opposition, this is the only party that can offer checks and balances to the PF. This government of the PF has failed, farmers in Kapiri are crying that there is no fertiliser.”