The opposition United Liberal Party (ULP) has expressed surprise at the decision by President Michael Sata not to attend the late former South African president Nelson Mandela’s memorial service after declaring a 7-day national mourning period in his honor.
Mr. Sikota however notes that the decision by president Sata to declare 7 days of national mourning for the late Mr. Mandela is a good move befitting a world leader of his kind.
He says according the Mr. Mandela 7 days of national mourning is an indication of the great importance Zambia has placed on his funeral.
Mr. Sikota says this is why it was important that Zambia should have been represented at the highest level just like other heads of state from other countries had to postpone their planned programs to honor the late Mr. Mandela by attending his funeral.
The ULP president was speaking in an interview with Qfm.