-The late fifth President of Zambia Michael Sata has been buried at Embassy Park opposite in Lusaka today, ending a 14-day long period of national mourning.
The late President Sata, who died on the 28 October, 2014 in London, becomes the third Zambian head of state to be buried at the Embassy Park which is the presidential burial site.
The first one to be buried there was Levy Mwanawasa, who died while still serving in 2008 while the second one was Frederick Chiluba, who was former President at the time of his death in 2011.
Foreign former and serving Heads of States and governments, representatives of governments from various countries and local political, religious, government officials and traditional leader turned up in numbers to attend the burial of the late President.
Among the Presidents who attended the late Mr. Sata’s burial were Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe, Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta, Madagascar’s Harry Rajaonarimampianina, Hifikepunye Pohamba of Namibia and Armando Guebuza of Mozambique.
Nigeria and Botswana sent their former Presidents Yakubu Gawon and Festus Mogae respectively while Tanzania and Malawi sent their vice presidents Mohammed Gharib Bilal and Saulos Chilima respectively.
Others were South Africa’s Deputy President Cyril Ramaposa and that country’s First Lady Bongekile Zuma, Prime Minister of Uganda Ruhakana Rugunda, African Union Chairperson Nkosazana Dhlamini Zuma and the Countess of Wessex of Britain.
First President Kenneth Kaunda, fourth President Rupiah Banda, and former Namibian president Sam Nujuma were among several mourners that also attended the burial of late President Sata.
The late President Sata was accorded a 21 gun salute and a fry past by the armed forces as his body was being lowered in his grave.
The late President Sata’s burial was preceded by a requiem mass at National Heroes Stadium, a few kilometres north of the city.