Sunday calls Sata health inquiry talk immoral

Statements by the opposition UPND that Cabinet should constitute a team of medical experts to examine President Michael Sata are immoral, misplaced and highly malicious says pro-regime NGO Open Society Foundation director Sunday Chanda.
But People’s Party president Mike Mulongoti said the demands by Zambians for the constitution of a medical board to examine President Sata health status were justifiable.
And Chanda said the demand by the UPND was confirmation that the party wished and hoped for President Sata’s ill-health in order for it to get closer to the Presidency.
He said wishing President Sata ill-health was inhumane and was as good as bewitching someone.
“It is an exercise in futility for the opposition UPND to attempt to reduce 2016 endorsements for President Michael Sata to a health issue as this propaganda cannot hold. Zambia cannot embrace these politics of witchcraft and malice.
It is common sense that the 2016 endorsements, done in good faith, by the general membership of the PF are a mark of renewed confidence and faith in President Sata based on evident development across the country. We therefore advise the opposition to instead prepare to meet President Sata on the campaign trail in 2016 than expend their energies purveying lies about his health,” he said.
And a political analyst Nason Msoni said that the demand for the medical board was a difficult challenge because most ministers were political novices who lacked understanding of what was at stake and how this would affect the nation.
He said most ministers failed to talk to President Sata about certain issues as they fear that this may jeopardize their appointments as ministers.
“The ministers in our Cabinet fear President Sata and no one can stand up and talk about the most talked about question of his health. We feel something more serious will need to be done for Zambians to be more certain.
“The PF members are failing to tell the nation why they are bickering amongst themselves and it will be difficult to have just a few ministers to talk about that,” he said.
Msoni added that the persisting power wrangles in the PF had created deep divisions and mistrust and therefore it was extremely difficult to succeed on those constitutional provisions and that this would be an effort in futility.
The political analyst said the issues to do with President Sata’s health and capacity to deliver should not be ignored but rather a solution should be found to clear the uncertainty in peoples’ minds.
But People’s Party president Mike Mulongoti said the demands by Zambians for the constitution of a medical board to examine President Sata health status were justifiable.
Mulongoti said he saw nothing wrong with people demanding for such a medical board to stop the current presidential succession debates being championed by some PF ministers.
Belemu said that Cabinet must immediately cause a Board of Medical practitioner to be appointed in accordance with Article 36 of the Constitution of the Republic of Zambia to ascertain President Sata’s health capacity to lead the country till 2016.
He said the board should investigate the physical and or mental capacity of President Sata to continue in office as provided for in the Constitution.

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