Zambian president’s widow says she wants to run for president

The widow of Zambia’s President Michael Sata, Christine Kaseba, on Wednesday announced she will seek to contest the January 20 presidential election to replace her husband who died three weeks ago.

“As difficult as it is for me to mourn my husband, I have come to the conclusion that part of the true mourning of this great Zambian leader will be in completing the work he began,’’ Mrs. Kaseba said.

Deploring divisions within the ruling Patriotic Front (PF), the 55-year-old obstetrician and gynaecologist said that she had long worked alongside her husband and that she was the right person to unite the party.

Mr. Sata’s son, Mulenga Sata, who is the mayor of Lusaka, and the late president’s nephew, Deputy Commerce Minister, Miles Sampa, have also expressed interest in becoming the PF candidate in the presidential poll.

However, Mrs. Kaseba has received support from many women, saying it was time for Zambia to get a female head of state.

“Since independence, men have ruled this great nation and we have seen what they have and have not been able to do,’’ Beatrice Grillo, who coordinates a council of non-governmental organisations, said.

Edith Nawakwi, leader of the small Opposition Forum for Democracy and Development, has also announced her candidacy in the presidential election.

Africa has only two female presidents, Ellen Sirleaf in Liberia and Catherine Samba-Panza in the Central African Republic.

Zambia is now ruled by Mr. Sata’s former deputy, Guy Scott, the country’s first white president since independence.

Report says Mr. Scott cannot run for president because his parents were not born in the southern African country. (dpa/NAN)


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  • absam777

    Why give Ben Bruce free advice? We are all wishing and watching him and Deno, another charlatan destroy themselves. As you’ve said, Nigerian youth are too wise to be fooled by this johnny-just-come (JJC) leader.

  • Say the truth

    While it may be correct in perspective, to blame Ben as a member of the elites that are holding the rest of Nigerians to ransom, it is wrong in absolute term, to conclude Ben is a charlatan. I have never met him in person, but I am impressed so far by his posts and utterances. That we have somebody trying to do a reconstruct of self and the system of governance is good enough. About the Nigerian English thing, Fagbenle need to understand that the language on social media is meant for a target audience and so may not necessarily or strictly be formal, diaspora or ‘English’. The most important thing is that the message is passed and well understood by the target audience. I think your advice to Ben to walk more the talk is apt.