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By ZamChro Correspondent

The Zambian Chronicle has learnt that Patriotic Front -PF- leader, Michael Sata will contest the 2,011 presidential elections despite people’s assertions that he is too old to run affairs of the nation. 

Opposition Leader - Michael C Sata

Opposition Leader - Michael C Sata

Mr. Sata revealed that he arrived at the decision after many young people he wanted to groom disappointed him because they were just interested in money and not what the party stood for. 

The PF leader declared his intention to context the 2011 elections at a rally he held at Senama Market in Mansa on Sunday. 

Mr. Sata was accompanied by Chimwemwe MP Willie Nsanda, Chililabombwe MP, Esther Banda and other PF officials from the Copperbelt The Luapula Province PF leadership has already endorsed Mr. Sata as its Presidential Candidate for 2011 elections. 

And Mr. Sata said out of the nine PF MPs in Luapula Province, only two have remained loyal to the party.  He said in the 2011 general elections, PF would give chance to its members to nominate Parliamentary candidates. 

And war crimes judges have rejected a request to acquit Liberia’s former President, Charles Taylor, on charges of crimes against humanity.  Mr. Taylor’s defense team argued that there was not enough evidence for the trial to proceed. 

The decision by the Special Court for Sierra Leone at The Hague means that Mr. Taylor, who has pleaded not guilty, must now present his defense.  The trial is scheduled to continue on 29 June. 

Charles Taylor faces 11 charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity over his alleged role in the brutal civil war in neighboring Sierra Leone. He is accused of backing rebels in Sierra Leone who are responsible for widespread atrocities. 

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