Zambia’s President Michael Sata has died in London, where he had been receiving treatment for an undisclosed illness, according to a Reuters report quoting three private Zambian media outlets.
Reuters says 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.
Zambia Government officials have not announced the death.
But reports said Sata died on Tuesday evening at London’s King Edward VII hospital. The hospital has also not yet commented.
Sata (77) left Zambia for medical treatment abroad on October 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.
Sata has not been seen in public since he returned to Zambia from New York in late September.