President Sata’s Medical Board goes to court

Civil rights activist Brebner Changala is today expected to file in the High Court an affidavit in support of the establishment of a medical board to determine the health of President Michael Sata.

Mr Changala said he was suing the Attorney General in an effort to compel him to establish a medical board and show cause why government was not doing the right thing after being requested to establish one.

He said there had been no response from the acting President Wynter Kabimba on his demands to constitute a medical board for the head of state.

Mr Changala was however quick to say that he had received over whelming support from Zambians to go ahead and sue the Attorney General.

“A lot of people are talking to me about it and we are going ahead with the summons. We want government to tell the people the truth about President Sata’s health. I don’t want to excite anybody because I want to follow the law.

“All paper work has been done and soon we shall hear from the courts. This is an important exercise because the people of Zambia want to know about the health of their President which in my case should not be a secret because Mr Sata is the President for all Zambians,” he said.

And the Zambia Medical Association (ZMA) says there was need to constitute an office for the Surgeon General whose role would be to update the nation on the health of a sitting President.

ZMA president Aaron Mujajati said a sitting president should not be hiding behind a political party that he was fine when in fact he was unwell.

He said in this case it would be difficult for cabinet to constitute a medical board to determine the health of President because the chairman of cabinet was the President himself.

“As medical practitioners, it will be unethical for us to call for the establishment of this medical board because a president like any other person was a patient before us. It is up to the patient to ask for that but the issue here is that the law is very inadequate because it does not allow for the office of the Surgeon General.

“As an association, we have been calling for the establishment of this office and by so doing the nation would be privileged to know the health status of a sitting president. Indeed, it is up to cabinet to make a decision whether to go for or against the medical board,” he said.

He said it was very difficult for such a request to be considered because the defect was in the law.

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