The National Assembly of Zambia today held an Interdenominational thanksgiving requiem Church Service for Late President Michael Sata who died on 28th October 2014 in London.
Acting President Guy Scott led Members of Parliament (MPs), senior government officials, political leaders from both the ruling and opposition and diplomats accredited to Zambia in an interdenominational Thanksgiving Service at Parliament buildings in Lusaka.
Among the dignitaries present for the service were First Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda, Fourth President Rupiah Banda, Defence Minister who is also Patriotic Front Secretary General Edgar Lungu, Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini, Acting Chief Justice Lombe Chibesakunda and judges from the Supreme and High courts.
Others are opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema, National Restoration Party president Elias Chipimo Junior, members of the clergy and traditional leaders from various parts of Zambia were also in attendance.
The late President was accorded a 21 gun salute by the Zambia Army plus a fly past by the Zambia Air Force as the National Anthem played solemnly.
The mood at Parliament was somber as dignitaries followed the proceedings while family members wept as the soldiers carrying the casket marched from the carrier to the cottage made in front of the parliament building.
Council of Churches in Zambia Chairperson Reverand Alfred Kalembo presided over the Interdenominational thanksgiving requiem Church Service and urged congregants to remain hopeful even in sorrow because Christ has conquered death.
Rev. Dr. Kalembo challenged the public to be vigilant and not let their positions hinder them from life eternity and further appealed to them to prepare before they die.
And in his opening prayer and welcoming remarks, Evangelical fellowship of Zambia Director Pukuta Mwanza described the late head of state as a man who was dedicated to serving other people and that he placed his trust in the living God.
Members of the clergy took turns to offer intercessory prayers for the first family and for the country’s unity, peace and stability.
The body of President Sata who died on 28th October 2014 has since been taken to State House where it will lie in state awaiting burial tomorrow at Embassy Park opposite the Cabinet office.