I thought Richard Sakala was dead

President Sata yesterday told the Lusaka Hich Court that he did not consult with  the proprietor of the Daily Nation newspaper Richard Sakala over the alleged defamatory article becacause he  thought he ( Mr Sakala) was dead .

“I  did not have a chat with Richard Sakala after the article was published because I thought that  Sakala had died” the President told the shocked court

He also reminded Mr Sakala that he was where he was today because he heleped to reach where he is today because if he  did not do so, Sakala could have been poor like many journalists in Zambia.