Mwansa Kapeya tells VOA that President Sata is not Sick, but in Israel to woo investors

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Jun 27th, 2014
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Time Posted: June 27, 2014 6:47 am

Acting Chief Government Spokesperson Mwansa Kapeya

Acting Chief Government Spokesperson Mwansa Kapeya

Acting Chief Government Spokesperson Mwansa Kapeya has told the Voice of America (VOA) news that President Micael Sata has just gone Israel to woo some investors from that country.

“He has just gone there to woo some investors from that country. It’s a working holiday in fact,” he said. “We are a developing country so when the president travels out, he is there to market Zambia.”

Mr Kapeya also told that interviewer that Zambia and Israel have had strong bilateral relations since independence from former colonial power, Britain.

Mr Kapeya maintained that President Sata is fit and chaired a cabinet meeting shortly before making the trip to Israel.

“The friendship has been cordial since independence. In fact we are an agricultural related country and Israel is also in that line,” he said. “Since the first republic…we were having a lot of Israelis coming to Zambia to move us ahead in terms of pushing agriculture forward, and indeed Israel has been a friend to Zambia since independence.”

Mr Kapeya maintained that President Sata is fit and chaired a cabinet meeting shortly before making the trip to Israel.

“He is on a working holiday in Israel. If he were sick, he wouldn’t have traveled,” said Mr Kapeya.

“In fact just last week Monday he chaired the usual cabinet meeting and before he left I was with him talking to him and we were always talking about developmental issues in the country.”

Citing security concerns, Mr.Kapeya declined to say how long President Sata will be out of the country. He chose Justice Minister, Wynter Kabimba to act as president during his absence.

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