Africa 29.10.2014 01:11 pm

ANC pays tribute to Zambian president Michael Sata

FILE PICTURE: Former Zambian President Michael Sata. Picture: Gallo Images/ Beeld/Waldimar Pelser

FILE PICTURE: Former Zambian President Michael Sata. Picture: Gallo Images/ Beeld/Waldimar Pelser

Zambia’s fifth president Michael Sata, who has died aged 77, will be remembered for helping the poor and disadvantaged, the ANC said on Wednesday.

“Zambia has lost not only a president who prioritised the poor, but also led the Zambian government at a time when the continent is working to reclaim its place in the global governance and economy,” spokesman Zizi Kodwa said in a statement.

The Associated Press reported that Sata died in a London hospital on Tuesday night.


Zambian president Michael Sata dead

AFP/File / Zambia's President Michael Sata (L) reviews a guard of honour outside the National Assembly building on September 19, 2014 in Lusaka

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Zambia’s President Michael Sata (L) reviews a guard of honour outside the National Assembly building on September 19, 2014 in Lusaka


Kodwa extended the African National Congress’s condolences to Sata’s family and the Zambian people.

“His record in the Zambian government, having played different roles prior to ascending to the presidency, speaks of an individual who served his people, country, and the continent with distinction.”

Sapa

 

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