Zambian President Michael Sata has died in London, where he had been receiving treatment for an undisclosed illness, three private Zambian media outlets said on Wednesday.

The reports on the private Muzi television station and the Zambia Reports and Zambian Watchdog websites said the southern African nation's cabinet was about to meet.

Government officials gave no immediate comment.

The reports said Sata had died on Tuesday evening at London's King Edward VII hospital. The hospital declined to comment.

Sata, 77, left Zambia for medical treatment abroad on Oct. 19 accompanied by his wife and family members, according to a brief government statement that gave no further details.

There has been no official update on his condition and acting president Edgar Lungu had to lead celebrations last week to mark the landlocked nation's 50th anniversary of independence from Britain.

Concern over Sata's health has been mounting in Africa's second-largest copper producer since June, when he disappeared from the public eye without explanation and was then reported to be getting medical treatment in Israel.

He missed a scheduled speech at the U.N. General Assembly in September amid reports that he had fallen ill in his New York hotel. A few days before that, he had attended the opening of parliament in Lusaka, joking: "I am not dead."

Sata has not been seen in public since he returned to Zambia from New York in late September.



+5#et2014-10-29 08:25
77 ko 90 aah
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+2#Hacha Ndizvo Dr2014-10-29 09:49
Please Zambia ngatichinjanei maPresidents - imbotorai wedu pamwe zvinoitika ikoko zvingaitike kana wedu auyako.
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+1#selele2014-10-29 11:08
R.I.P Cobra. A real Patriot.
If you don't want to die in office, the trick is on being a founding father of the nation. This is why Chiluba, Mwanawasa, Banda and now Sat are all gone while Mugabe and Kaunda are still kicking.
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0#Dofo2014-10-29 18:27
Ki ki ki ki ki ki iwe hacha ndiri ku driver usandisekese kudaro ndinoita tsaona kani kikikikiki
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