Michael Sata, the president of Zambia, reviewed an honor guard in Lusaka in September. Credit Agence France-Presse — Getty

Michael Sata, the president of Zambia who once swept British railroad station platforms for a living and whose reputation for a sharp tongue and abrasive manner earned him the nickname “King Cobra,” died late Tuesday at a London hospital, the Zambian government announced on Wednesday. He was 77.

The cause of his death, after months of largely unchronicled illness, was not made public.

The Zambian government, and Mr. Sata himself, persistently denied suggestions that he had a terminal illness, even when he missed an appearance at the United Nations General Assembly in New York this year after reports that he had taken ill in his hotel room.

Shortly before he left for New York, Mr. Sata mocked people who said he was sick. He was quoted as telling the opening of Parliament in Lusaka, the capital, “I am not dead yet.”

Mr. Sata flew to London 10 days ago for what the authorities called a “medical checkup abroad,” without revealing his destination.

The government met on Wednesday in Lusaka to determine an interim leader until elections are held within 90 days. Two leading candidates are Vice President Guy Scott, a white Zambian and former farmer and government minister, and Edgar Lungu, the defense minister, news reports said. Mr. Lungu was appointed acting president in Mr. Sata’s absence.

Michael Chilufya Sata was born on July 6, 1937, in Mpika, in the north of the country, then under British rule and known as Northern Rhodesia. He had scant formal education and at one point joined a seminary, intending to become a priest, according to a Zambian historian, Field Ruwe, quoted by Agence France-Presse.

Instead, he became a police officer. At one point, Mr. Sata spent time in London, working as a sweeper and porter at a railroad station. He entered politics, first in the labor movement, on his return home. He rose to become governor of Lusaka and worked closely under two former presidents, Kenneth Kaunda and Frederick Chiluba, before joining the opposition in 2001.

After losing three election bids, the gravel-voiced Mr. Sata finally took office in 2011, describing himself as a “man of action” who had tilted against the growing influence of Chinese investors in the economy of Zambia, a landlocked, sparsely populated nation largely dependent on its dominant copper mining industry.

As a candidate, Mr. Sata ran on an explicit promise to protect workers from exploitation by China and tapped into the nation’s divide between rich and poor, pledging to share Zambia’s wealth.

When two Chinese supervisors at a coal mine shot 13 workers protesting over wages in 2010, the episode bolstered Mr. Sata’s campaign. The Zambian government initially indicated that the Chinese managers would be punished, but the charges were quietly dropped. Mr. Sata, an opposition leader at the time, denounced the spilling of “innocent blood” by “merciless so-called investors.”

During his inauguration, Mr. Sata promised that foreign investments would be protected but said that they would not come at the expense of Zambians.

His smooth transition to power was a notable event in African politics, with the incumbent president stepping down peacefully.

Such was Mr. Sata’s willingness to talk bluntly that he once told a senior aide who apologized for public remarks that offended the leadership in South Africa, “You cannot be diplomatic all the time.”

He proved that point in July 2012, during a visit to Zambia by former President George W. Bush, according to African news reports. At a public gathering attended by journalists, Mr. Sata was quoted calling Mr. Bush a colonialist and referring pointedly to the scars of slavery on American society. Mr. Bush replied that the United States had never been a colonial power.

In office, Mr. Sata acquired a reputation for intolerance for political challengers. This year, for instance, an opposition leader, Frank Bwalya, faced defamation charges after likening Mr. Sata to a kind of potato used in local slang to denote a person who does not listen to others.

But his style seemed was far less despotic than that of some other African leaders, including President Robert G. Mugabe in neighboring Zimbabwe, with whom he cultivated friendly relations.

Mr. Sata’s relationship with Mr. Mugabe seemed to confirm his reputation as a bit of a conundrum. At times, he praised Mr. Mugabe’s anti-white policies but nonetheless chose Mr. Scott as his vice president. Mr. Sata and Mr. Scott had worked closely in opposition to promote the Patriotic Front party.

Reflecting a much broader debate in Africa, gay rights advocates accused Mr. Sata of failing to challenge a groundswell of homophobia, built on colonial-era laws still on the books and criminalizing homosexual acts.

“Those advocating gay rights should go to hell; that is not an issue we will tolerate,” Mr. Lungu was quoted as saying last year when he was the minister of home affairs. “There will be no such discussion on gay rights. That issue is foreign to this country.”

Mr. Sata died at the private King Edward VII hospital in London. His wife, Christine Kaseba, and his son, Mulenga Sata, were at his bedside, according to Roland Msiska, the cabinet secretary in Lusaka.

His absence from Lusaka meant that he missed one of Zambia’s milestones: the celebration last week of 50 years of independence from Britain.

Few Zambians fear the succession battle will turn violent. Zambia has an enviable track record in sub-Saharan Africa, suffering little of the ethnic strife or political chaos evident in some of its neighbors, like the Democratic Republic of Congo or Mozambique.

Several ministers had been jockeying to take over after the reports that Mr. Sata was ill. It was not clear if those contenders would include Mr. Scott. Since his parents were not born in Zambia, his critics say, he is ineligible to become head of state.



On Thursday, September 17th, 2014 the arrest of Sean “Puffy” Combs may have been undertaken by authorities for the 1996 murder of Tupac Shakur on the Las Vegas, Nevada Strip. Associates in Combs’ organization have indicated off-the-record that, yes, Sean Combs was in fact under arrest. This disclosure comes just days after the 18th anniversary of the so far unsolved murder of the mega-superstar, Tupac Shakur.
       In a press release with the date of September 16th, 2014, a spokesperson for the Las Vegas District Attorney’s office said that there has come sufficient evidence to make an arrest and to obtain conviction for the murder of Shakur in 1996. This most probably indicates that an arrest warrant has been issued.
       The same statement makes mention that former Death Row bodygaurd, Frank Alexander, has led detectives onto several witnesses that do show a ‘high profile person’ is connected to the conspiracy to murder Tupac Shakur. It said that an arrest would be soon to follow.
       It has been reported widely by many of those supposedly in the know that, Orlando Anderson, a member of L. A. based South SIde Crips is the shooter in the Tupac case. Anderson, it is known, was beaten by Shakur and his Death Row associtates before the murderous shooting of Shakur on the Vegas Strip.
       It has been said numerous times in the 18 years since the Shakur murder that Sean Combs and associates used Anderson and the South SIde Crips for security purposes when visiting California. Also, Anderson, the investigation into Shakur’s death has noted, was seen at the Peterson Automotive Museum speaking with Combs and his associate Christopher “Biggie Smalls” Wallace hours before the slaying. The murder was supposedly ordered by Combs.
       A 2011 interview with Dexter Isaac found Isaac to admit that he was paid $2,500 by Combs to carry out a shooting in a robbery of Shakur at Quad Studios in New York. Isaac’s statements to police implicated Combs and Jimmy “Henchman” Rosemond in the plot to have Shakur murdered.
       In a reporter’s phone call to the New York D. A.’s office they were told that it could be neither confirmed, nor denied, that it was Combs whom had been taken into custody. However, they did indicate that Combs was ‘a person of interest’ in the case. A call to the Las Vegas D. A. gained the information that a suspect had been apprehended and that an arrest was to be soon expected. They would not confirm that iti was Combs who had been taken into custody.


tumfweko photoLusaka City Council health inspectors on Thursday stormed Thabc Guesthouse for allegedly operating as a brothel.

And the council says it will shut down the Chinese-run guesthouse for operating as a brothel.
Thabc Guesthouse, situated in the central business area, has also been operating under the brand name Mama’s Chicken Restaurant.

A team of council public health officials, in the company of council police commandant Paul Chipulu, stormed the premises on Thursday to check on operations at the guesthouse following a tip-off.

The guesthouse consists of 10 rooms and is run by Che Zhong Mey.

The premises operates with valid council certificates of a guesthouse, but without a health permit.

Chipulu and his team went round the premises, knocking on doors, and in the process disturbing some clients.

Some of the clients refused to open their doors upon hearing that council officials had stormed the guesthouse.

Following persistent knocks on Room 9, a man opened to attend to the officials.

“Nabwela kuno na girlfriend wanga elo nalipila che 70 pin. Nalipila short time, three hours chabe, elo tikalibe kuciliza (I came here with my girlfriend, I paid K70 to use the room for three hours, and we haven’t even enjoyed ourselves),” he told the officials.

And another visibly shaken and stammering man from Room 5, who was trying to dispose of used condoms he held in his hand, informed the officials that he was not given a receipt after paying K80 to use the room for about four hours with his partner.

“Our details were not recorded anywhere, we just paid and we were ushered to this room. Our business is done and now we want to go,” he said.

Meanwhile, some couples who were found waiting for occupied rooms to be vacated, abandoned the premises after discovering that the public health and council officials wanted to inspect the premises.

Some workers who were also found at the restaurant and guesthouse also fled, fearing arrest by the officials.

However, one of the employees said rooms were rented out to individuals for up to K80 per three hours and K120 a night.

“We do not offer long-term accommodation here. Our accommodation is on short-term basis – that is per three hours – and now prices for our rooms have been increased from K60 to K70 and K80 depending on the quality of the room,” the worker, who sought anonymity, said.
“If they want to spend a night here, they have to book the rooms around 17:00 hours to 18:00 hours at K120 and there are rooms with double beds.”

A shocked Chipulu and the inspectors expressed displeasure at the unhygienic conditions of the guesthouse.

Chipula said the local authority would not tolerate guesthouses that were putting the lives of many people at risk of contracting diseases.

“Look at this bathtub, look at showers and the toilets, they are just too dirty and one cannot believe that they are being used by human beings. We can also confirm that this is truly a brothel because the customers themselves have confirmed their activities to us,” said Chipulu.

And Mey, who was ordered to meet the officials at the civic centre, pleaded with them not to close the guesthouse, and promised to improve the sanitary conditions.

“Please madam, give me second chance. I do not know that guesthouse is brothel. I didn’t know that,” said Mey.

And Mulunda said brothels were illegal in Zambia, adding that the local authority would soon surrender the matter to the courts of law for Mey to defend himself.

“We have started the documentation process and we will be writing to the owner of the guesthouse on the charge we have levelled against him and the matter will have to go to court especially that there is the operation of a brothel which is illegal,” he said.

He added that the local authority had obtained enough evidence from customers that were using the rooms.

“For us we know that the man was operating a brothel though he is trying to deny this because a lodge to us must be a decent place where people can go to sleep and spend some time without anyone counting hours for you,” said Mulunda. “Anything operating below lodge standards is a brothel and those are things we are contending with, and he is arguing. We will know how to deal with him, and with evidence overwhelming, we are just taking the matter to court.”


President Michael Sata now seems under pressure to keep making some public appearances but without a voice, especially with his former comrades at the Post Newspaper confirming what we have always been saying that he is ailing and unable to work.

On Monday, Sata was forced to swear-in Supreme Court judges with a only picture but no sound.
Yesterday, he again pressured himself and appeared in public to received credentials from the new Chinese envoy Youming Yang, in similar fashion of picture but no sound.

During the short ceremony at State House where there were no journalists, only the Chinese envoy was heard on ZNBC TV saying he was hopeful that he will contribute to the friendship and development of the two peoples.

Youming hailed the cordial relations that have existed between Zambia and China over the past 50 years.

With a mutated voice, a ZNBC journalist claimed President Michael Sata urged the new Chinese Ambassador to Zambia to work for the good of the two countries.

The ceremony was witnessed by Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba and his Permanent Secretary George Zulu.

Again, conspicuously missing on these ceremonies was Sata’s Press Aid George Chellah who could have sent out a fake statement of what was not even said.

Later, Sata heard there were some young school girls within State House grounds that were playing with his wife Christine Kaseba and proceeded to greet them before he went back in bed at Nkwanzi House, the presidential residence.
Sata is currently receiving heavy medication for cancer throat that has mutated his voice from some South Korean medical personal brought by his son Mulenga Sata.

The Zambia watchdog understands Sata can walk for about 20 meters only and can talk for about 10 minutes only while losing breath in between.
And his voice is completely distorted, completely different from the one he used to tell lies to the nation to win elections.

The Zambian watchdog was the first one to reveal that Mr. Sata was ailing.

With the revelations from his comrades at the Post newspaper that he was facing ‘challenges and lapses that have made him unable to do much work’ Sata is likely to keep pressurizing himself to prove people wrong against medical advice.


Big Brother Africa Hotshots will not start on Sunday as planned due to a fire incident in the BBA house.

The show was due to start on September 7 at the Sesani Studios in Johannesburg, South Africa but has now been suspended indefinitely.

According to an M-Net press release

“M-Net and Endemol SA advise that due to a devastating fire at the Big Brother house on 2 September 2014, Big Brother Hotshots will not launch this Sunday (7 September) as scheduled. The cause of the fire at this stage is unknown and investigations will commence as soon as it is safe to do so.”

At this stage M-Net and Endemol are urgently looking for an alternative Big Brother house in which to film the production, however as this production has highly technical infrastructure, camera and edit requirements an alternative is not immediately available.

Every effort will be made to find a solution as quickly as possible to ensure that Africa’s biggest reality show will continue.”


At approximately 0200 hours this morning, about 15 security agents from the Office of the President (OP) Special Branch conducted a raid on the home of Wynter Kabimba, the recently ousted former Justice Minister and Secretary General of the ruling Patriotic Front party.

The raid of Kabimba’s home comes just one day after his surprise firing, an event which has shaken the nation and prompted a realignment among the party’s leadership.

According to a source close to the OP, the intelligence wings were conducting the search of Kabimba’s private residence on instructions from the Commander in Chief President Michael Sata, looking for any compromising materials or documents.

Although the official statement announcing Kabimba’s dismissal offered no detailed explanation, it is widely believed that he was involved along with other members of the so-called cartel in leaking a confidential government letter concerning the refund of some $600 million in value-added tax to mining companies by the Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda, who recently became the most favoured successor to take over from President Sata.

According to the source, when the officers arrived at Kabimba’s home they immediately knocked and his wife opened the door. The officers politely introduced themselves and then went ahead with the operations, heading directly upstairs to search Kabimba’s home office.

The raid of the former Justice Minister’s home allegedly resulted in the recovery of several top secret State House documents, including those labeled “For the President’s Eyes Only” and “Confidential” in blue folder files, the source says.
The officers later opened his Dell Computer and copied the contents of its hard drive, as well as making a copy of all the data on an Apple iMac for later examination, the source says.

Although Mr. Kabimba was not on the premises when the search began, the witness says that everyone present – including his wife, his daughter, his nephews and other relatives from his village – were shocked to be the subject of a search by the intelligence wings.

Thirty minutes after receiving a text message from his wife, Kabimba arrived in a Black GRZ Toyota Land Crusier V8 registration 68422 B accompanied by another Blue GRZ Toyota Land Crusier carrying Post editor Fred M’membe and an unidentified woman, the source says.

The former Justice Minister was very angry to discover the search in progress, and began shouting at the agents for disturbing his home at such a late hour, the source says.

Kabimba then telephoned Director of Public Prosecutions Mutembo Nchito to halt the raid, but Nchito said he was powerless to do anything, the source said, while Fred M’membe maintained his silence and watched the events unfold.

Before departing, the OP officers then confiscated the government vehicles the two men had arrived in, as well as repossessing a government owned Toyota Prado that was also on the property at the time.