—-President Michael Sata’s remains are laying in state at the Mulungushi International Conference Centre in Lusaka where body viewing will be conducted starting from tomorrow, November 2,2014 prior to the day he will be put to rest.
Meanwhile, First Lady, Christine Kaseba, could not hold her tears when she laid her wreath on her late husband’s casket.
Acting President, Guy Scott, accompanied by his wife, Charlotte, also laid his garland on the departed Head of State.
A solemn mood characterised the conference centre when Mr Sata’s body entered the premises at 12-30 hours.
Later the laying of wreaths ceremony commenced and only lasted for 10 minutes.
A Zambia Army Chaplain announced that the official body viewing procession would commence tomorrow Sunday, November 2.
Her Ladyship, the Acting Chief Justice, Lombe Chibesakunda, Speaker of the National Assembly, Patrick Matibini, Patriotic Front Secretary General, Minister of Defence and Justice, Edgar Lungu, Cabinet Ministers and members of the PF Central Committee, Service Chiefs, Members of the Diplomatic Corps, Members of Parliament, High Court and Supreme Court Judges and leaders of political parties, first Republic President, Kenneth Kaunda, and his fourth Republican President, Rupiah Banda were present to witness the ceremony.
And Secretary to the Cabinet, Roland Msiska, has announced that First Lady, Christine Kaseba-Sata, will tomorrow lead other family members in viewing the body of her late husband at 09-00 hours in the morning.
Dr Msiska told journalists in Lusaka today that Acting President, Guy Scott and his spouse would later follow the viewing procession and open the session.
He added that Patriotic Front Secretary General, Minister of Defence and Justice, Edgar Lungu, Acting Chief Justice Lombe Chibesakunda, National Assembly Speaker Patrick Mitibini, Members of the Central Committee, Kenneth Kaunda, Rupiah Banda, Cabinet Ministers and members of diplomatic corps would be accorded an opportunity to view Mr Sata’s body before members of the general public follow suit in paying their last respect to the departed Head of State tomorrow afternoon from 14-00 hours to 18-00 hours.
President Sata died on October 28, 2014 in a London hospital.
His body arrived in the country this morning. He will be buried next week on November 11 at Embassy Park in Lusaka where he would join second and third former Presidents Frederick Chiluba and Levy Mwanawasa respectively.