Sata gets emotional send off in Zambia: Malawi VP Chilima attended funeral

The coffin of President Michael Sata, draped in Zambia’s flag, was placed on a red carpet at the center of a stadium holding more than 50,000 mourners and several African leaders attending the head of state’s funeral on Tuesday.

The coffin of Michael Sata being brought into the National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka, Zambia
The coffin of Michael Sata being brought into the National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka, Zambia
Flags fly at half-staff as the funeral cortege for the late Zambian President Michael Sata arrives for a memorial service in the capital Lusaka, Zambia, Nov. 10, 2014.
Flags fly at half-staff as the funeral cortege for the late Zambian President Michael Sata arrives for a memorial service in the capital Lusaka, Zambia, Nov. 10, 2014.

Sata, 77, served as president of the southern African nation since 2011. He died in a London hospital on Oct. 28 after a long illness.

Sata’s funeral was held in a stadium in the country’s capital, Lusaka, which was filled to capacity with hundreds more waiting outside the gates. The funeral was broadcast live on Zambian public television with large screens erected around the country for the public to watch.

Many of the mourners were tearful as Sata’s widow and son paid tribute to him. Christine Kaseba-Sata described her late husband as her “fallen hero” while Sata’s son Mulenga Sata, who is also mayor of Lusaka, said “He was not only my father, but also my political father.”

Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe and Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta were in attendance, along with heads of state from Namibia and Madagascar and vice presidents from Malawi (Saulos Chilima), South Africa, Tanzania and Swaziland. Zambia’s independence leader and first president, Kenneth Kaunda, also attended the funeral.

“We are proud to have rubbed shoulders with this African giant,” said Mugabe, who has been in power in neighboring Zimbabwe for more than 30 years.

According to the country’s constitution, Zambia must elect a new president within 90 days of Sata’s death. Vice President, Guy Scott, is interim president but cannot become president because his parents were not Zambian or of Zambian descent. A date for the presidential election has not yet been set. The ruling Patriotic Front party is expected to announce their candidate later this week.

Riots broke out last week when Scott fired defense minister and party secretary general Edgar Lungu in an attempt to defuse political tensions over the presidential succession. The riots stopped when Lungu was reinstated.

“The Patriotic Front is not for sale to the highest bidder,” Lungu said at the funeral, adding Sata would never be forgotten.

 

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Amuna ngunda ngunda,wakumalowa .
Amuna ngunda ngunda,wakumalowa .
6 years ago

Kodi anali wa mpingo wanji ?, zoonadi JEHOVA says MUZAFA NDITHU ndipo JESUS says KWATHA , inenso ndikuti RIP AMEN .

owen wa kapila
owen wa kapila
6 years ago

Rest in peace Michael Chilufya Sata

JUMBE WA KAJUMBE
JUMBE WA KAJUMBE
6 years ago

MAY YOUR SOUL REST IN ETERNAL PEACE.LOVED BY ALL BUT GOD HAS LOVED YOU THE MOST WE WILL MISS U KING COBRA.MY CONDOLENCES TO THE BEREAVED FAMILY AND ZAMBIA AS A WHOLE.

Thom Chiniko
6 years ago

MAY HIS SOULS REST IN PEACE MR PRESIDENT SATA

Shimwitwa
Shimwitwa
6 years ago

Rest in Peace Mr. President.

Nkanamwano
Nkanamwano
6 years ago

It starts with Zambia, then Malawi….I fear!

Jose'
Jose'
6 years ago
Reply to  Nkanamwano

Stupid!

"NATIVE OF NOWHERE"
"NATIVE OF NOWHERE"
6 years ago

#5, Dont u worry cos this article was copy and paste by Nyasa Times. The original story is written in the News ABC, and Malawi VP isnt mentioned and Nyasa Times hv put his name. Nyasa Times give us ur version please

Hervé Cheuzeville
6 years ago

One mistake in this article: Swaziland, being a kingdom, could not have been represented by this country’s vice president!

Nohakhelha
6 years ago

Nanunso inu, cant u see that there were 3 ice presidents from three countries?? A kingdom has a prime minister or deputy. The deputy prime minister is the one that represented Swaziland. Next time check thoroughly before commenting sh**

pearson sadala
pearson sadala
6 years ago

Rest in peace

Malume
Malume
6 years ago

RIP

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