Saturday, November 02, 2013

Sata questions presence of some people at the airport
By Joseph Mwenda and Moses Kuwema
Sat 05 Oct. 2013, 14:01 CAT

PRESIDENT Sata yesterday told some of the people that went to welcome him at the airport that they were not supposed to be there.

Speaking after disembarking from an Emirates plane from the UK, President Sata first asked finance minister Alexander Chikwanda what the cadres were doing at the airport.

President Sata then went on to greet the government officials that had lined up to welcome him, but when he approached National Revolution Party president Cosmo Mumba and Lusaka district commissioner Ashell Kampengele, President Sata remarked: "All of you, what are you doing here? You are making the line abnormally long when you are not supposed to be here. You are the ones bringing confusion," said President Sata.

The President then went on to walk past his supporters who waved the PF symbol while chanting: "Land fye eyo tule fwaya all we want is land'.

President Sata proceeded to board his helicopter en route to State House.

After the President left the airport, the cadres started following defence minister Geoffrey Mwamba while chanting solidarity songs for him.

Earlier, before the plane carrying President Sata touched down at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport, the cadres were blocked from entering the airport apron.

It took the intervention of Lusaka district PF chairman Robert Chikwelete to convince the airport staff and police to allow the cadres in and pledged to ensure that the cadres behave themselves.

The cadres were heard chanting anti-PF secretary general Wynter Kabimba songs, saying he must go.


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