ACTING President Guy Scott has urged Zambians to conduct themselves in a respectful and honourable manner during the burial of President Sata.
Dr Scott said in an interview at his farm in Lusaka yesterday that there are a lot of foreign visitors and very important people attending
President Sata’s burial and it is right for all citizens to behave in a respectful manner.
“We have many foreign visitors and VIPs arriving, and it will be right that we show them that we can mourn our late President, and put him to rest with peace, honour and respect befitting the man, and befitting our beloved and great nation,” he said.
Dr Scott thanked Zambians for the spirit of unity and peace that has been observed in the run-up to the burial of President Sata.
He also said that the Patriotic Front (PF) at national level will not pay for the officials to travel to Lusaka to attend President Sata’s burial.
“Those who are funded from a local level, or indeed who fund themselves, should go to National Heroes Stadium.
No one without a ticket for Embassy Park should try to go there after the mass,” Dr Scott said.
He also said the Ministry of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs is co-ordinating attendance for traditional leaders.
President Sata will be buried at Lusaka’s Embassy Park tomorrow.
And PF secretary general Edgar Lungu has called on party members to accommodate all mourners.
Mr Lungu said mourners drawn from across political, religious and other divides must be allowed to peacefully mourn President Sata.
He said this in a statement yesterday.
“I wish to advise fellow mourners in the PF and the general public that we have a national and provincial mourning programme which must be respected,” Mr Lungu, who is also Minister of Defence and Minister of Justice, said.
“We need to be mindful that not all our people can travel to Lusaka. I wish to encourage PF members and the general public that Government has designated centres as mourning points,” he said.
He also thanked all PF members and the general public for the support during this difficult time.
Meanwhile, the PF regrets reports that certain candidates intending to stand as president of the party are causing confusion through acts of corruption and bribery.
“It is important to warn that the leadership of the Patriotic Front will not take kindly to contenders that are engaged in acts that are alien to the principles of the party,” Mr Lungu said in a statement yesterday.
He also said that the central committee will meet to discuss matters relating to the selection or election of the party president and presidential candidate that will represent the party in the upcoming by-election.
Mr Lungu explained that the central committee is empowered to set its own rules, or vary any clause in the constitution as provided for in Article 58 (l) and (m).
Zambia Daily Mail