The African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of nations has described the late President Michael Sata as a champion of democracy, good governance and rule of law.
ACP secretary general Alhaji Muhammad Mumuni said the late President Sata was known for his forthrightness, integrity, vision and moral courage.
Mr. Mumuni noted that President Sata took over the leadership of Zambia at a time when democracy was being consolidated and that long term sustainable growth was being established on a strong and unassailable foundation.
He said the death of President Sata was a great loss not only to Zambians but to Africa and the world at large.
This is according to a statement availed to ZANIS in Lusaka today by first secretary at the Embassy of Zambia to Belgium, Netherlands, Luxemburg and European Union, Lambwe Kachali.
Mr. Mumuni said the comfort of his loss will be in the knowledge that President Sata’s legacy will endure and that Zambia will continue to grow from strength to strength.
Meanwhile, tributes in memory of President Sata have continued to pour from ambassadors accredited to Belgium, European Union (EU) and Zambians living in the Benelux.
Mr. Kachali said the embassy of Zambia in Brussels opened a book of condolences until November 20.
President Sata died last week on Tuesday in London where he was receiving medical treatment.