10 Things You Didn’t Know About Michael Chilufya Sata

  1. Michael Charles Chilufya Sata was a Zambian politician who was the fifth President of Zambia.
  2. He conquered from 23 September 2011 until his death on 28 October 2014.
  3. Sata was a social democrat, who led the Patriotic Front (PF), a major political party in Zambia.
  4. Under President Frederick Chiluba, Sata was a minister during the 1990s as part of the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) government.
  5. He went into opposition in 2001, forming the PF.
  6. Sata was popularly known as “King Cobra”
  7. Following Mwanawasa’s death, Sata ran again and lost to President Rupiah Banda in 2008.
  8. After ten years in opposition, Sata defeated Banda, the incumbent, to win the September 2011 presidential election with a plurality of the vote.
  9. He emerged as the leading opposition presidential contender and rival to President Levy Mwanawasa in the 2006 presidential election, but was defeated.
  10. Michael died in London on the 28th of October 2014, leaving Vice President Guy Scott as Acting President until a presidential by-election was held on 20 January 2015