-Home Affairs Deputy Minister Stephen Kampyongo has warned that the demise of President Michael Sata is not a period for anyone to commit crimes or embezzle public funds.
Mr. Kampyongo disclosed that the Zambia Police and other law enforcement agencies have been put on high alert during the 15-day national mourning as some people might take advantage of the situation by collapsing the law.
Mr. Kampyongo says Government is saddened by the death of President Sata therefore, he should be mourned with respect and dignity in accordance with the Office of presidency.
The Deputy Minister was speaking on a Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation television special interview monitored by ZANIS in Lusaka today.
Meanwhile, Mr Kampyongo, who is also PF Shiwang’andu Member of Parliament boasted that his constituency had seen unprecedented development especially in the road infrastructure sector because of the vision of the late President Michael Sata.
And Mr. Kampyongo has warned politicians in the country not to gain political mileage during this difficult period of national mourning for the late President Sata who died in a London hospital on Tuesday, October 28.
He urged opposition leaders and those in the corridors of power that this is a time to show political maturity by uniting together.
And the body of the late President Michael Sata will arrive in the country tomorrow on Saturday, November 1 at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport at 10:00 hours.
Government has announced a 14-day national mourning period in honour of President Sata.
Acting President Dr. Guy Scott will lead government officials, military personnel and family members among other several mourners to receive the body at the airport.
A military escort will lead the funeral cortege to Mulungushi International Conference Centre where the Acting President is expected to lay a wreath in a brief ceremony.
Meanwhile, Secretary to the Cabinet Rowland Msiska announced that body viewing for the late President Sata will commence on Sunday 2nd November .
Dr Msiska said members of the public are encouraged to pay their last respects to the late Head of State at the Conference Centre from 12:00 hours to 18:00 hours from 2nd to 9th November while a national requiem mass will be held on 10th November at the National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka .
Books of condolences have been opened at the Government House in Lusaka, provincial administration Centres in the provinces, districts and at Zambian missions abroad.
Government has also earmarked Belvedere lodge in Lusaka as the funeral place for close relatives while mourners are encouraged to assemble at the Agricultural and Commercial Show Grounds where sermons will be conducted and solemn music played.
The late President Sata will be buried on Tuesday 11th November, 2014 at the Presidential burial site at Embassy Park opposite Cabinet Office in Lusaka.