Sata must rest – Nevers

THE Patriotic Front (PF) is being unfair to subject President Michael Sata to strenuous and stressful State functions, MMD president Nevers Mumba has observed.

And National Restoration Party (NAREP) president Elias Chipimo said it was ‘’with utter shock’’ that Cabinet and President Sata’s family could allow the Head of State to appear in public in such a frail state.

Dr Mumba said Zambians should earnestly appeal to Cabinet and the first family to allow the Head of State rest.

He said his ‘’heart was bleeding’ to see President Sata in such a frail state and has blamed Vice-President Guy Scott and other government officials for lying to Zambians that the Head of State was performing his duties as usual.

He told the Daily Nation that following President Sata’s appearance at Parliament yesterday, wondering why the ruling party had continued exposing the President to strenuous State activities.

Dr Mumba said PF leadership should be compassionate enough to allow President Sata to regain his former vibrant state.

He commended First Lady Christine Kaseba whom he said was strong enough to continue controlling President Sata to stick to his prepared speech during the address to  Parliament, adding that it was not easy to deal with a situation such as the one the first family was going through.

“I have great sympathy for President Sata and the PF for what is happening to the Head of State. I can only ask Zambians to put President Sata into prayers.

My appeal to the family is that they must allow the President to step aside and rest,” Dr Mumba said.

He said Zambians were expecting President Sata to give policy direction in his address to the nation but that it had failed because the Head of State could not perform his function fully.

And Mr Chipimo said it had become clear that President Sata was not the man Zambians knew when they voted for him and that there was certainly something seriously wrong with his health.

Mr Chipimo said the Constitution allowed President Sata to temporarily hand over power to somebody else and take a rest so that he could fully recover.

“Much as we are being told that we are wishing President Sata ill-health, what is very clear is that the Head of State is not in good health.

It was with utter shock that the President could be allowed to open Parliament in that state.

Mr Sata should not put himself in such stress because the Constitution allows him to temporarily hand over power to someone else so that he can recuperate,” Mr Chipimo said.