First Lady Christine Kaseba has described her late husband, Michael Sata as a unique and kind-hearted person.
Dr. Kaseba said in a tribute to her husband read for her by Emma Chibesakunda, said the late President was also the most God fearing, generous, honest, compassionate and forgiving person she has ever met.
The First Lady said the pain of losing her husband was so acute.
Dr. Kaseba said those who ever came across the late President can attest to the fact that he was a humble, loving and caring person.
She said despite the many misconceptions, lies and hate, late President Sata was one person who understood the power of love and forgiving.
She said throughout the trials of life, he always ensured that stability and wellbeing of his family came first.
Dr. Kaseba said her late husband’s selfless service to the country stands out among one of his greatest achievements, adding that Zambia shall remember him as a father of the nation who was willing to share his knowledge and wealth.
She said the late President Sata’s love for the country was beyond human comprehension, noting that the late head of state touched the lives of many Zambians.
And Pope Francis has called on Zambians to honour the memory of the late head of state by maintaining peace and justice in the country.
The Pope said in a message read for him by the Apostolic Nuncio of Zambia and Malawi, Julio Murat that the nation should remain united even during this trying period to ensure that the socio-economic gains that were scored in late President Sata’s tenure are sustained for the benefit of the people.
He recalled that the late President Sata was a man who put service to the people ahead of his personal interest.
Meanwhile, African Union Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma noted that Zambia made remarkable socio-economic progress under the leadership of the late President Sata.
Dr. Dlamini-Zuma said the country is among the fastest growing economies on the African continent and late Mr. Sata’s hallmark achievements have impacted positively on people’s lives.
She has since urged the country to ensure peaceful transition of power and to maintain peace and stability so the nation can reclaim its place as a haven of peace on the African continent.
She further appealed to Zambians not to take the peace the country has enjoyed since independence for granted.
Archbishop of Lusaka Telephor Mpundu said the late President was the most experienced politician to have entered State House as President.