11 Michael Sata Facts You Might Have Not Known
Michael Sata was the fifth President of Zambia and was sworn into presidency on 23 September 2011 and he ruled Zambia until his death on 28 October 2014. Today we honor Michael Sata and we have compiled a few interesting facts about him. Enjoy!
- Michael Sata was a social democrat.
- Under Fredrick Chiluba, Michael Sata was a minister during the 1990s as part of the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) government.
- Michael Sata went into opposition in 2001, forming the PF.
- Michael Sata was nick named “King Cobra” because at that time he was the only leading opposition presidential candidate and rival to President Levy Mwanawasa whose mouth was just as venomous as a cobra.
- Michael Sata was in opposition for 10 years.
- Michael Sata worked as a police officer, railway man and trade unionist during colonial rule. He spent time in London at the railway sweeping the platforms. Among other things, he was a porter at Victoria railway station.
- Michael Sata began actively participating in the politics of Northern Rhodesia in 1963. Following independence, he worked his way up through the rough-and-tumble rank-and-file of the ruling United National Independence Party (UNIP) to the governorship of Lusaka in 1985. As Governor, he made his mark as a man of action with a hands on approach. He cleaned up the streets, patched roadways and built bridges in the city. Afterward he became a member of parliament for Kabwata constituency in Lusaka.
- Michael Sata was one of Zambia’s most recognizable faces. Under the MMD, he served as minister of local government, labour and, briefly, health where, he stated that his “reforms brought sanity to the health system”.
- In 1995, he was appointed as minister without portfolio.
- In 2001, President Chiluba nominated Levy Mwanawasa as the MMD’s presidential candidate for the 2001 election. In frustration, Sata left the MMD and set up a new party, the Patriotic Front (PF).
- Michael Sata obtained a bachelor’s degree in Political Science at Atlantic International University in 2011.