Scores of Mbala residents have received the news of the passing on of President Michael Sata with deep shock and devastation.
And District Commissioner Best Kabulembe has called on Mbala residents to remain calm, united and peaceful during the mourning period.
People spoken to by ZANIS after the news filtered through that the President had died, many residents said they were ravaged with grief and described the death of Mr Sata as a shock and loss to the nation.
They said the country has again been robbed of a gallant leader who devoted all his life time to ensure that the lives of the poor and marginalized people in the country were improved.
And Mr. Kabulembe this afternoon addressed heads of government departments with the call for the members of the public to remain calm, united and peaceful during the period of mourning.
He has since cautioned public workers and Mbala residents in general against disorderly, unlawful assembly and reckless statements but that they should mourn President Sata with honour and dignity.
President Michael Sata, 77, died last night at 23:11 hours Zambian time at King Edward the seventh hospital Beaumont Central London where he had gone for a medical checkup on October 19,2014.