PRESIDENT Michael Sata refused to be evacuated to London for medical check-up until and unless Defence Minister Edgar Lungu was presented to him so that he could act as President in his absence, chief Government spokesperson Joseph Katema has revealed.
Mr Katema who is Minister of Information said the evacuation of Mr Sata to London, could not take place because Mr Lungu had flown to Angola on an official assignment.
He was speaking in a special interview on Tuesday evening on Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation television with director of news and current affairs Kenneth Maduma,
Mr Katema said during preparation for the evacuation process, President Sata ordered that Mr Lungu returned from Angola before he could be evacuated.
He said that the President left instruments of power with Mr Lungu for a reason.
“He ordered me to ensure that Mr Lungu received instructions even before he landed in Luanda to return to Lusaka immediately,” Mr Katema said.
President Sata died in London on October 28 and he was buried in Lusaka on November 11.
When Mr Sata died, there was a cabinet decision that Mr Lungu hands over instruments of power to Vice President Guy Scott.
This was on the advice of Attorney General Musa Mwenye.