Michael Sata Gone For One Year.
Michael Chilufya Sata, Zambia’s fifth elected President, from 23 September 2011 until his death on 28 October 2014.
Today marks exactly one year since Zambia lost a gallant soldier.
Michael Sata, a social democrat, Patriotic Front (PF) pioneer, was a minister during the 1990s as part of the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) government, and he went into opposition in 2001, forming the PF.
As an opposition leader, Sata – popularly known as “King Conra” – emerged as the leadinf opposition presidential contender and rival to President Levy Mwanawasa in the 2006 presidential election, but was defeated. Following Mwanawasa’s death, Sata ran again and lost to President Rupiah Banda in 2008.
After ten years in opposition, Sata defeated Banda, the incumbent, to win the September 2011 presidential election with a plurality of the vote.
Michael Sata died in London on October 28, 2014, leaving Vice President Guy Scott as Acting President until a presidential by-election was held on 20 January 2015.
Today as Zed Corner, we celebrate the life of Michael Sata.