The Fourth Republic party has described the late President Michael Sata as a natural born leader and a passionate mentor.
Incumbent president Lameck Kamalo said President Sata was also a patient but intelligent man.
He told ZANIS in Lusaka today that President Sata loved people including those who betrayed him.
Mr. Kamalo noted that in his quest to know what was happening in the country, the late President valued facts and did not dwell on assumptions.
And Mr. Kamalo has thanked the international community and the heads of state who have confirmed their coming in the country for the burial of President Sata.
Nine heads of state are expected to be in the country for the state funeral among them Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) President Joseph Kabila, Hifikepunya Pohamba of Namibia and Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta.
Others are Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni, Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Mozambique’s Armando Emilio Guebuza, Malawi’s Peter Mutharika and Madagascar President Heri Rajaonarimampianina.
Meanwhile, Mr. Kamalo has commended the late President Sata for re-establishing Industrial Development Corporation (INDECO).
He noted that INDECO was re-established at a time when science and technology was a center factor of the growing economy like Zambia.
President Michael Sata who died on October, 28, 2014 will be put to rest tomorrow, November, 11, 2014 at Embassy park in Lusaka.