Zambian President Michael Sata dies in a London hospital

BY TAI CHISHAKWE - OCTOBER 29, 2014

Current Zambian President, Michael Sata, died on Tuesday evening in London, where he was receiving treatment for an undisclosed illness – this is according to three private Zambian media outlets and international news agency, Reuters. There has not been official confirmation from the Zambian government yet.

The reports on the private Muzi television station and the Zambia Reports and Zambian Watchdog websites said the southern African nation's cabinet was about to meet.

The reports say that Sata died at London's King Edward VII hospital. However, the hospital declined to comment.

Sata, 77, left Zambia for medical treatment abroad on October 19 accompanied by his wife and family members, according to a brief government statement that gave no further details.

There had been no official update on his condition and acting president Edgar Lungu had to lead Zambia’s 50th anniversary of independence from Britain.

Concern over Sata's health has been mounting in Africa's second-largest copper producer since June, when he disappeared from the public eye without explanation and was then reported to be getting medical treatment in Israel.

He missed a scheduled speech at the UN General Assembly in September amid reports that he had fallen ill in his New York hotel.

A few days before that, he had attended the opening of parliament in Lusaka, joking: "I am not dead."

Sata had not been seen in public since he returned to Zambia from New York in late September.

Photo captio: Zambian President, Michael Sata, died on Tuesday evening in London, where he was receiving treatment for an undisclosed illness – this is according to three private Zambian media outlets and international news agency, Reuters.