The President of Madagascar Henry Rajaonarimampianina has called for a smooth transition of power in Zambia following the demise of President Michael Sata.
Mr. Rajaonarimampianina was speaking upon arrival at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport ahead of the late President Sata’s burial tomorrow at Lusaka’s Embassy Park.
He said Mr. Sata’s death was a great loss to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region.
Mr. Rajaonarimampianina said he interacted with the late President during SADC meetings.
He added that attending the late President Sata’s funeral was a way of showing his deepest sympathy to the bereaved family and the people of Zambia.
He was welcomed by Minister of Labour Fackson Shamenda, who said Zambia has lost a great leader.
And African Union (AU) chairperson Nkosazani Dlamini-Zuma, who has also arrived to attend the state funeral, said Mr. Sata was an active participant in the affairs of the union.
She said his death was a loss to the African Union and to the people of Zambia.
Other dignitaries that have arrived in the country to attend the late President Sata’s burial include former president of Mozambique Armando Guebuza, Angola Speaker of the National Assembly, Dias-Dos-Santos, and a Chinese Minister Chen-Zhenggao.
The rest are Malawian Vice President Saulos Philima, South African deputy President Cyril Ramaposa and former Nigerian president Yakubu Gawon.