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Cabinet Officially Confirms President’s Death

The following statement was circulated by the cabinet of the Zambian government:

29TH OCTOBER 2014

FELLOW COUNTRYMEN AND WOMEN.

AS YOU ARE AWARE, HIS EXCELLENCY MR. MICHAEL CHILUFYA SATA, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA HAS BEEN RECEIVING MEDICAL ATTENTION IN LONDON, IN THE UNITED KINGDOM.

HE LEFT ZAMBIA WITH THE FIRST LADY AND OTHER CLOSE MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY ON OCTOBER 20, 2014.

HOWEVER, IT IS WITH A VERY HEAVY HEART THAT I ADDRESS YOU TODAY, TO INFORM THE NATION THAT OUR BELOVED PRESIDENT AND LEADER, HIS EXCELLENCY, MR MICHAEL CHILUFYA SATA HAS PASSED ON.

THE HEAD OF STATE PASSED ON, ON OCTOBER 28, 2014 IN LONDON AT 23:11 HOURS ZAMBIAN TIME AT KING EDWARD VII HOSPITAL BEAUMONT CENTRAL LONDON.

HIS SPOUSE, THE FIRST LADY OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA, DR CHRISTINE KASEBA-SATA, HIS SON HIS WORSHIP THE MAYOR OF LUSAKA, MULENGA SATA AND OTHERS WERE PRESENT AT THE BEDSIDE AT THE TIME OF HIS PASSING ON.

PRESIDENT SATA WAS BORN ON JULY 6, 1937. MR. SATA BECAME THE FIFTH PRESIDENT OF ZAMBIA ON SEPTEMBER 23 2011 AFTER A POPULAR POLL.

PRESIDENT SATA’S DEMISE IS DEEPLY REGRETTED.

DURING THIS DIFFICULT PERIOD, I URGE ALL OF YOU TO REMAIN CALM, UNITED AND PEACEFUL DURING THIS VERY DIFFICULT PERIOD.

THE NATION WILL BE KEPT INFORMED OF OTHER DETAILS REGARDING THE FUNERAL AND BURIAL ARRANGEMENTS.

GOD BLESS ZAMBIA

DR. ROLAND MSISKA
SECRETARY TO CABINET.

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