Rugunda, Kenyatta in Zambia for Sata’s Burial

President Michael Sata will be laid to rest on Tuesday

President Museveni has dispatched Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda to represent him at the burial ceremony of departed Zambian leader Michael Chilufya Sata.

The Principal Information Officer in the Office of the Prime Minister, sale discount Kyetume Kasanga told Chimpreports on Tuesday afternoon that Rugunda has already arrived in Lusaka.

The requiem service will be held today Tuesday at the National Heroes Stadium before burial later in the afternoon.

President Sata will be laid to rest at the Embassy Park – the burial site for Zambian presidents where two other leaders, buy information pills Levy Mwanawasa and Fredrick Chiluba were buried.

African leaders are expected to grace the burial ceremony of the South African country’s fifth president.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, this site who travelled on Tuesday to Lusaka, recently paid a great tribute to the departed Zambian leader, describing him as an “exemplary” and “visionary leader.”

Sata passed away on November 28 at King Edward VII hospital Beaumont Central London where was receiving medical attention. He was 77.

Zambia’s Vice President Guy Scott was named the acting President pending fresh presidential elections which will be held in 90 days.

Scott became the first white president in Africa since the apartheid reign of FW de Klerk in the South Africa.

Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta said President Sata was an exceptional leader in many ways.

“He was gifted with unique, admirable abilities and strong values,” said Kenyatta in a special tribute to Sata.

The Kenyan leader said the deceased’s perseverance and determination saw him pursue his vision for Zambia and that this consistency paid off when he emerged victorious in the elections of 2011, after a long spell as an opposition leader.

“Indeed his rise from humble beginnings to the top office teaches us an important lesson: a worthy individual can triumph over the most daunting adversities.”

Kenyatta further described Sata as a “strong advocate of multiparty democracy,” who “propagated a great sense of national unity” in an immensely diverse country.

“He believed in the noble principles of equity, justice and cohesion. President Sata was an outstanding Son of Africa leader. In his long and exemplary life, he made valuable contribution to the welfare of the people of Zambia and our Continent. Therefore, as we pay homage to this visionary leader, let us also celebrate and honor his life and achievements.”

President Sata was born on July 6, 1937. He became the fifth president of Zambia on September 23 2011 after a popular poll.


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