Statements from the President of the United States and the United States Ambassador to Zambia on the Passing of President Sata

Message for U.S. Citizens:
Statements from the President of the United States and the United States Ambassador to Zambia on the Passing of President Sata (October 30, 2014)

Statement by President of the United States Barack Obama on the passing of Zambian President Michael Chilufya Sata:

On behalf of the American people, Michelle and I send our condolences to First Lady Dr. Christine Kaseba-Sata and family, as well as the people of Zambia, for the loss of President Michael Chilufya Sata. The United States remains committed to our enduring friendship and partnership with Zambia, and strongly supports a peaceful constitutional transition of power as the country moves forward during this time of sorrow. We will continue to seek opportunities to enhance our bilateral relations, support Zambia’s democratic traditions, increase its development, and bolster its commitment to a free and just society.

Statement from Ambassador Eric Schultz upon the death of His Excellency President Michael Chilufya Sata:

On behalf of all of us at the U.S. Mission, I today conveyed to Acting President Guy Scott our sadness at the passing of His Excellency President Michael Chilufya Sata. President Sata was a man of the people who was strongly committed to building his country during its first fifty years. We recognize his many accomplishments and his passion for advancing Zambia’s development.

We join the Zambian people, Dr. Christine Kaseba-Sata and his family in mourning his passing. The United States and the American people will always remain committed to our Zambian friends, especially at this time of mourning and sorrow.

U.S. Embassy Zambia: General Guidance and Contact Information:

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Zambia enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at www.Travel.State.Gov. STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy to contact you in an emergency. If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy.

Regularly monitor the State Department’s website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution. Read the Country Specific Information for Zambia. For additional information, refer to “A Safe Trip Abroad” on the State Department’s website.

Contact the U.S. Embassy for up-to-date information on travel restrictions. You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). Follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and download our free Smart Traveler app, available through iTunes or Google Play, to have travel information at your fingertips.

The U.S. Embassy in Lusaka is located on Ibex Hill and is open Monday through Thursday from 0730 to 1730 and on Fridays from 0730 to 1130. The Consular Section can be contacted at 0211-357-000 or via email at If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, the emergency number for the U.S. Embassy is +260 (0) 966-877-805.