Acting Republican President Guy Scott has appealed to Zambians to remain calm and united during the period of national mourning for President Michael Sata.
Dr Scott Scott has announced that a period of national mourning for the Head of State starts today Wednesday 29 October 2014.
He urged Zambians to observe the period of national mourning in a peaceful and respectful manner and observe the rule of law.
Dr Scott said he received the news of President Sata’s death with shock and deep personal sorrow especially that he loved him as a friend and leader.
He said he benefitted a lot from his close friendship with President Sata and advice and guidance in working together to build a better Zambia.
Dr Scott said the Presidential by-election will take place within the next 90 days in accordance with the provisions of the Republican Constitution.
He assured that he will diligently oversee the process of electing a new President in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution.
Dr Scott said the nation will be informed in due course about the burial arrangements for President Sata.
Dr Scott said the Zambia Police will be vigilant to maintain peace and will not hesitate to enforce law and order.
Meanwhile, Secretary to the Cabinet Roland Msiska has advised the public not to travel to Lusaka for the funeral of President Sata.
Dr Msiska said his office was waiting for guidance from government on the funeral and burial arrangements for the departed President.
President Sata died yesterday on Tuesday 28th October 2014 at King Edward VII Hospital in Central London where he had been receiving medical attention.