Sata asks for Lusaka Province police commissioner Charity Katanga on arrival
PRESIDENT Sata yesterday returned from his ‘tour of duty’ in the United Kingdom and Switzerland.
Immediately after disembarking from the British Airways plane and greeting the welcoming party at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Lusaka, Mr Sata looked around the security personnel and asked for Lusaka Province police commissioner Charity Katanga.
“Where is Katanga?” Mr Sata inquired, an indication that he had not seen the person he was looking for among the security personnel.
Ms Katanga stepped out of the crowd and President Sata shook hands with her and then he proceeded to board a helicopter to State House.
Ms Katanga recently came into the public limelight after officers under her command clashed with opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) youths during a foiled protest march.
President Sata, who arrived around 05:50 hours, was accompanied by his wife Dr Christine Kaseba and his special assistant for press and public relations George Chellah.
Among those who welcomed him were Minister of Finance Alexander Chikwanda, who had been acting President, Defence Minister Geoffrey Mwamba, Home Affairs Minister Kennedy Sakeni and service chiefs.
Mr Sata also inquired about the Presidential red helicopter from Zambia Air Force (ZAF) Commander Lieutenant-General Erick Chimese before boarding the copper-coloured one.
“What has happened to my red aircraft? It is more comfortable than this thing,” President Sata joked.
While in the UK, President Sata expressed his first public disapproval of the fiasco in the third arm of the government – the Judiciary – as a tribunal he appointed to probe alleged misconduct of three judges continues to stall.
Mr Sata also met businessmen and urged Standard Chartered Bank Plc to increase its agriculture lending to Zambian farmers to boost food security and create employment in the crucial sector.
He also met businessmen in Geneva, where he said Zambia urgently needs a national airline.
President Sata addressed the International Labour Organisation in Geneva, where he received a standing ovation for appointing women in critical areas of governance.