British High Commissioner mourns Sata

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British High Commissioner to Zambia James Thornton has said the death of President Michael Sata has robbed Zambia of a great servant and visionary.


In a statement availed to ZANIS in Lusaka today, Mr Thornton said he learnt of the death of President Sata with great sadness.


The High Commissioner eulogized Mr Sata as a patriot who cared deeply about the Zambian people and the country’s development.


Mr Thornton pointed out that during Mr Sata’s presidency, Zambia rolled on the path of rapid and robust economic growth.


He said President Sata’s government embarked on heavy investment in developing Zambia’s infrastructure and made progress in reforming the civil service.


Mr Thornton praised government for particularly taking an active role in promoting the rights of women and girls.


Secretary to the Cabinet Roland Msiska confirmed that President Michael Sata died last night at 20:11hours Zambian time at King Edward V11 Hospital in London.


President Sata left the country on October 20, 2014 for a medical check-up in London accompanied by the First Lady and some family members.