Changala Demands Medical Board to Ascertain Sata’s Fitness

Rights activist Brebner Changala has asked acting President Wynter Kabimba to constitute a medical board to investigate the health status of President Michael Sata.

Changala has through his lawyers Makebi Zulu and Aocates written to Kabimba and copied all cabinet ministers, the Law Association of Zambia, Speaker of the National Assembly and the Chief Justice.

Changala contends that it is his constitutional right to raise issue with the cabinet where need arises to constitute a medical board and ascertain the physical or mental capacity of the President.

“Whereas His Excellency Mr Michael Chilufya Sata was on the 20th of September 2011 voted into office as President of the Republic of Zambia in accordance with Article 34 of the Constitution of the Republic of Zambia, noting very well that at the time of the election he appeared to enjoy good health and was of reasonable healthy appearance in stature and coherent speech,” reads part of the letter.

“Noting with concern that his public appearance in the recent past have raised public concerns and speculation as to his physical and mental capacity to discharge the functions of his office which include his appearance on May 1 2014 during the Labour Day commemoration at the Freedom Statue where he appeared frail and sounded incoherent.”

He added: “On the 9th of May 2014, in a public address to the ZAF commissioning parade for offer cadets in Livingstone, His Excellency Mr Michael Chilufya Sata, the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces is reported to have stunned a multitude of people when he alleged that his security personnel had thwarted a possible plot to hijack by suspected UPND cadres. His appearance was much more frail than that of May 1st 2014.”

“On the 25th of May 2014 being Africa Freedom Day, President Sata appeared in public and unusually cut the commemoration and did not attend the commissioning of the Heroes Stadium. On May 30 2014, at the swearing in of Mr Mumba Kapumpa as Ambassador to North Korea, President’s speech was less coherent and gave rise to speculation to his mental and physical health and the President appeared on national television where he addressed the Vice President of China and his appearance deteriorate and shocked every reasonable Zambian raising concern,” reads the letter.

“On June 20th 2014, in the still of the night, The President left the country for what government spokesperson reviewed was a working holiday in Israel at the invitation outgoing President Shimon Peres, since that travel there has been a lot of deeper speculation as to the state of the President’s health. It is further noted that it cannot be denied that the President is not enjoying good health.”

“It has thus become absolutely necessary in public interest, that a medical board be appointed to ascertain the Republican President’s physical and mental capacity.”

President Sata is currently in Israel undergoing treatment although his handlers have been claiming he is on a working holiday.

Source : Zambia Reports

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