Zambia denies reports Sata treated in US

2014-09-26 20:04
Zambian President Michael Sata. (File: AFP)

Zambian President Michael Sata. (File: AFP)

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Lusaka - Zambian President Michael Sata's health is "entirely normal" and he did not receive medical treatment during a visit to the United States this week, Vice President Guy Scott told parliament on Friday.

Scott disputed media reports that Sata, who has long-running health problems, had been treated by doctors in his hotel room in New York where he was attending the annual meeting of world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly.

Worries about the health of the Southern African nation's leader resurfaced this week when he failed to arrive for a planned speech at the UN general assembly on Wednesday and also missed a meeting of the Security Council.

"The health of the president is entirely normal. I spoke to the president this morning. He has not received any emergency or specialist medical treatment," Scott told lawmakers.

Sata's son Mulenga, who is mayor of the capital, Lusaka, told reporters his father would issue a statement in "due course" because of the "unfortunate reports being circulated concerning his health".

Concern about the 77-year-old had been mounting since June following reports he had received medical treatment in Israel and disappeared from public without any explanation.

Sata joked with lawmakers at the opening of parliament last week, telling them "I am not dead", in his first major public appearance in three months.

The president suffered a heart attack in 2008 and his opponents said he collapsed during a six-week election campaign in 2011, a report Sata denied.

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