Profile – Michael Chilufya Sata, President of Zambia

Profile – Michael Chilufya Sata, President of Zambia

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Michael C Sata - Photo by UKZAMBIANS

Date of Birth: 1937
Place of Birth: Mpika

Michael Chilufya Sata is the new President of Zambia. He  was declared winner by Chief Justice Ernest Sakala after polling 43% of the vote with just seven constituencies left to be counted.

Neither age nor ill-health seem to dampen the fire in the belly of Zambian Patriotic leader Michael Sata. Born 1937, ‘King Cobra’ has lost none of his bite, even after losing presidential elections in 2001, 2006 and 2008.

Michael Sata was born in Mpika, Zambia (then a British protectorate under the colonial name of Northern Rhodesia) in 1936. He is the biological son of Sata Langford Mubanga and Bukali Kabuswe from the Bisa tribe in this rural district of Northern Province. Sata is a family man and devout catholic who attends the vernacular mass at his local parish Saint Ignatius in Lusaka every Sunday at 08:30 hours. As one of his subtle principles Sata does not drink bottled water giving his reason that he will not do so “until all Zambians have equal access to clean water.”
Sata trained and served as a police officer during the Northern Rhodesia colonial administration and was the most senior African officer in the police establishment. He also trained as a pilot in Russia. After leaving formal employment he ventured into business development providing services to investors in property development and other business undertakings. He was involved in developing one of the country’s biggest housing projects in Avondale, Lusaka.

He became a political activist and a trade unionist during Zambia’s struggle for independence on the Copperbelt Province.

This period marked the beginning of Sata’s career in Zambian politics which was during his youth. At 73 as founder and president of the Patriotic Front Sata continues to be the living symbol of the organization. He is a visionary and skilled political party organizer and strategist. Currently no other political leader in Zambia can beat his grassroots support and pull large crowds more than he does at rallies or just during casual visitations to different parts of the country.

Sata’s political career spans over a period of 30 years having served first as a councilor and later executive Governor in the Lusaka City Council from 1981 to 1988. His helm at Lusaka City Council provided leadership which spurred innovative developments including landmark infrastructure and social services.

He was appointed Minister of State in the Ministry of Decentralization (Local Government) in the then UNIP one-party state administration until the re-introduction of plural politics in Zambia in 1991 when he resigned the position to join the opposition MMD. Sata is one of the longest politicians to serve as Member of Parliament for 20 years and also as cabinet minister in charge of Local Government, Labour and Social Security, Health and Minister Without Portfolio in the MMD government. The great oratory skills, fearless, bold and hardworking leadership traits which he demonstrated at Lusaka City Council, Local Government and Housing and Health Ministries earned him the reputation of Mr Action Man of Zambian politics.
Sata has seen PF grow from a mere seat in parliament in 2001 to biggest opposition party today.

As founding leader of the PF he brings to the party immense charisma, a wealth of experience in both party politics and public service which is incomparable with his political opponents. His leadership of the PF has profoundly contributed in shaping socio-economic and political discourse in Zambia.

As President of Zambia, his party, PF’s promises of more jobs and better education appear to have won over the electorate.

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37 COMMENTS

  1. Appreciation on the infomation contained in this article. But if it is not too much to ask, I would like to know the presidents education background. This is for the sake of general knowledge nothing else.

  2. this is chomba a zambia.one of those who voted for my father mr sata.i need help from him.have been trying to to get a job in the government as a civil servant for some yrars now.have tryed to join zambia police.for several times but have not been picked.even this year when thot it will work out.please help me fi only i can find a way to contact him.(mr sata) i wil apreciate.help me get a job.even a capital to start a home investment.have seen foregn investers owinig mini marts insted of zambians.i want to make a change as a zambia.i love my president so so much.+260976381579

  3. CONGRATS H.E MICHEAL CHILUFYA SATA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! upnd tawakwata mano mind your language plizzzzzzzzzzzzzzz….haters hung yourselves hahahahahahahahaha pwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!! uleilangishafye ubupuba. Bembas say “ichipuba bachishibila kufyo chilelanda” sory your under 5president will never rule this country–SHAME ON U HATER!!!!!!!

  4. UPND, that’s why YOU WILL LANGUISH & FOREVER CONTINUE HERDING CATTLE!! Have respect for the republican president, REMEMBER, RESPECT IS EARNED!! SATA HASN’T TAKEN ANYTHING FROM YOU, BUT BEATEN YOU SQUARE & CLEAN WHILST YOU WENT TO BED WITH MMD, Claiming HOMOSEXUALITY AS YOUR REASON OF LEAVING THE PACT, well, follow RBish to his farm, where you won’t be presided over by your so called THUG!!!

    YOU ARE STILL NOT FIT TO ENTER GRADE1, YOU STILL NEED A FEW MORE YEARS IN NURSERY SCHOOL!!!

  5. Mr. M. C. Sata has for a long time been a President in waiting. He makes things happen, and he resonates with the poor majority of the Zambian People. For this reason I’m now considering my come back to help re-build the country

  6. Congratulations Mr. Michael Sata! I believe God wanted you to lead Zambia at this time. May the Lord bless you and all the people of Zambia.

    Joseph Mwaba (Zambian) from Nairobi

  7. Congratulations Mr President. You are the man God has put in Power. Always seek His wisdom please Sir. We Know He will lead you and guide you. Stay blessed at state house

  8. After extensive prayers for peace during elections, our God who has always loved this country, has answered by making Mr Sata a winner for Presidency so as for peace to prevail. He answers in ways we cannot understand. We pray that Mr Sata will appreciate our God, Jesus Christ, by ruling His people with love and compassion. May our Lord grant President Sata excellent health and wisdom. Amen.

  9. congratulations MR President, patience pays and never to give up in Life until its over. You are a man of actions.We need development ,people who are committed to do good work and not selfish, greedy politicians.May Jehova God be with you and your team .Development for Mother Zambia!!!!!!! if others have done will CAN……

  10. Congratulations President Sata for your tireless energy and support for the poor and opposition to corruption. May you carry these principles into your office and demonstrate that you are still a man of action.

    But congratulations even more to the people of Zambia for a victory of due process and peaceful change, a proud example to the world. Its fantastic. We can hold our heads high today.

  11. Mr. Sata you are a creative leader. You had ways to make everyone in the country campain for you on the voting date. Great work to the presedent elect. God bless you and may he grant you wisdom.

  12. Michael Sata has won the presidency and it is good that all the noise and tension brought about the election has ended.

    But this is the beginning of real problems for Zambia. A huge mistake has been made.

    Michael Sata is not fit to run a country. In fact, Sata is not fit to head any group or society where there are laws.

    In life we are only what we are. Sata is a thug and that can’t change despite what titles he is bestowed upon.

    Rupiah Banda was a hopeless president and had no capacity to develop Zambia. He was never ready to govern. It was not in him. He had no skills. He was weak.

    But to replace him with Sata as has been done is a national tragedy that will haunt this country for years to come. We hope this is not the beginning of another Zimbabwe or Uganda of Idi Amin.

    As for us, we did our part. We do not regret anything we wrote. We showed or rather reminded Zambians as to whom this person they have installed into State house is.

    At the end of the day, we are only reporters and can only reflect what we see.

    We shall continue highlighting the nonsense that is to follow. For, indeed, a lot of nonsense is coming.

    Is this not the same Sata who promised to develop the country in 90 days? Well, the first day has started. There are 89 remaining. We will be watching very closely.

    What about the Barotseland agreement? Will he honor it next week or this weekend?

    What kind of country is this which goes backward when others are moving forward?

    What is he going to build first, prisons to put his opponents or schools and hospitals?

    Rupiah Banda failed Zambia. But we could have replaced him with a sensible leader. We could have chosen any of the other 10 candidates who offered themselves for leadership.

    In 1991, we were so tired of dictatorship under Kenneth Kaunda. Blindly and without thinking, we replaced Kaunda with a thief Fredrick Chiluba. And Sata was Chiluba’s right handyman.

    Then, because we are a nation of fools, we forget after a few days. Sata convinced you to blame the MMD for all the ills. Yet it was Sata who was chief executive of the MMD at its peak of destruction.

    What really do we expect from Michael Chilufya Sata, development, more money in our pockets? This is a national joke. Sata cannot deliver any of these.

    Sata will bring dictatorship and division in the country. It won’t be long before people start being detained without trial.

    Sata has nbeen in the corridors of power before. His record is there for all to see.

    Did people really read the PF manifesto and the communism it plans to bring in this country?

    Is foreign investment in the country safe? Sata speaks the language of a nationalist but he is not.

    You can criticise us and condemn us for writing this, but we hope you keep a copy of this and read it after your celebrations are over.

    These are our views. We have nothing personal against Sata. But we detest his behaviour which we believe will be become worse now that he has power.

    We hope those who have helped Sata to the top will maintain his friendship.

    Our advice to Sata is that, don’t be too excited. We do not expect much from you. But for your own sake, take it easy.

    But then, congratulations even though we believe you are the wrong person to be the president of our country. RT -http://www.zambianwatchdog.com/2011/09/23/sata-and-the-nonsense-he-is-bringing/

    • PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DO NOT INSULT THE PRESIDENT OF ZAMBIA OR THE PEOPLE OF ZAMBIA.YOU NEED TO RESPECT PEOPLE’S CHOICE.HE HAS WON AND ITS DONE DEAL NO MATTER WHAT YOU SAY OR DO.JUST WAIT FOR YOUR TIME TO COME PLAY YOUR CARDS WELL.ZAMBIANS ARE PEACE AND INTELLIGENT PEOPLE SO DONT CALL THEM FOOLS OK RESPECT IS NEEDED.MR PRESIDENT DID NOT JUST WAKE ONE AND SAY I WANT TO BE PRESIDENT.HE HAS WORKED FOR IT FOR SO MANY YEARS.SO JUST GIVE HIM CREDIT SIR.

    • UPND watch your language,you are just disclosing your foolishness,dont insult the people of Zambia and their new president.Sata is a clean man who never stole anything but has to struggled all his life to achieve his goals.we know the thief who stole money from ANGLO AMERICAN MINES,Therefore the other parties such as UPND,FDD MMD and the rest of Zambias political parties have no leadership qualifications save UNIP.Keep you mouth shut And let Sata rule in peace.(SHARP ZAMBIANS)

      chichi.South Africa PRETORIA

      • PLEASE ALL U BEMBA HATERS LEADERSHIP HAS NO ROOM FOR TRIBALISM – WHICH WAS STARTING IN THE PREVIOUS GOVT.
        EVERY TRIBE MATTERS, AND ALL DESERVE RESPECT AND A GOOD GOVERNANCE.

    • you seem to be the missing candidate who would have worn the election or your source of income has been terminated. VIVA PF VIVA SATA

    • You ve got a big mouth full of nonsense. When did Sata become a thug? You don’t insult people’s choice. Stop dreaming! It doesn’t matter what you write or say, it is the choice of Zambians and only those Zambians who appreciate what His Excellent has done in the past for the Zambia are proud today and say we have a President who will deliver. Only those who are lazy and corrupt will not appreciate Mr Sata as I personally know him to be a hard worker and nonsense man.
      Congratulations His Excellence Hon Sata, you deserve it. Shame to all those insulted you and thought you can never be President of Zambia. I am so proud of you and I admire your courage and perseverance. May God bless you and give you more wisdom to lead this Nation. People of Zambia have voted for you not by mistake but for a purpose and that purpose is to serve them delegently, truthfully and wisely. May the Lord let his angels protect for it is His will for you to be the President of Zambia.

      • My ealier response was to UPND posted on 23rd September at 04:56.
        You are losers and you will always be. You should just accept
        are defeated. Please shut up and sit on your tail.
        Forward Sata, no going back! Some people hate you and think you are dictator because you are NO NONSENSE man but a hard worker and man of action.
        Wina alila wina sekerela.
        Ketty M England

  13. Lets all learn something from this-it’s not about what you want but what God has ordained.So whether you like it or you like,it comes to pass. Congrats MCS.

  14. Whether a PF,MMD or UPND,We all still remain Zambians,and need the best for our country,congratulation Mr M c Sata,you’re gonna be the president for every Zambian.

  15. Congratulations to President Sata and all PF supporters for this landmark victory. To win against a sitting government is uncommon if not unheard of in Africa. Your resilience to keeping coming for four times is really an inspiration to all of us.

  16. Two people have died in Lusaka after hit by cars due to celebrations, 2 other people died in copperbelt due to riots. Sata apeals for calm.

  17. Like it or not, this is quite inspiring. From street sweeper
    in London to President. Really you deserve it Mr Sata.

  18. BRAVO MR SATA INDEED YOU’RE THE TRUE COBRA, COURAGEOUS, STEADFAST, VISIONARY AND RELENTLESS. THESE MMD GUYS MUST NOW TELL US WHERE THEY GOT THE MONEY TO BUY ALL THOSE PORSHE VEHICLES, BIKES ETC. LET THEM TELL US AND ENSURE THAT ALL THESE ITEMS ARE BROUGHT TO BE ACCOUNTED FOR. WHERE ARE THE BLUE VEHICLES? THEY CANT GO INTO OBLIVION – NO LETS GET THEM BUS EVEN RUPHIA BANDA’S BUS. THANK GOD FOR THE VITORY. GOD BLESS OUR BELOVED LEADER MICHAEL C. SATA.

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