Government has declared Tuesday November 11, 2014 a public holiday in view of the burial of late President Michael Sata who died on Tuesday October 28, 2014 in London at King Edward VII Hospital.
Secretary to the Cabinet Roland Msiska disclosed the development in a statement released to ZANIS in Lusaka today.
Dr. Msiska has since directed all Provincial Permanent Secretaries and District Commissioners to hold Interdenominational prayer services and arrange big screens to enable people watch the funeral processions.
He said members of the public in provinces and districts should be advised not to travel to Lusaka for the funeral.
He further stated that the period for the national mourning will be held for 15 days effective 29th October, 2014.
Dr. Msiska disclosed that during the period of mourning, government has opened Books of Condolences which have been placed in Lusaka at Government House for Ministers, Deputy Ministers and other dignitaries and at State House for Diplomats, Visiting Heads of State and Government or their representatives.
He advised all provincial and district administrations to open Books of Condolences in their respective areas.
President Sata’s remains which arrive in the country on Saturday, November 1, 2014 will be buried on November 11, 2014 at Embassy Park.
The burial will be preceded by a Requiem Church Service at the National Heroes Stadium.