First Republican President Kenneth Kaunda has called on Zambians to emulate President Michael Sata’s patriotism and public service to the country.
Dr Kaunda said President Sata had passion to develop the country as evidenced from the massive infrastructure development projects taking place across the country.
The former Head of State said this in a statement to ZANIS in Lusaka this evening.
Dr Kaunda said he was shocked and moved when he heard that President Michael Sata had passed on at King Edward the Seventh Hospital on October 28, 2014 in London.
He said he regretted that President Michael Sata died without celebrating Zambia’s 50 years of Independence with the rest of the country.
Dr Kaunda urged Zambians to use the 14 day period of mourning President Michael Sata to consolidate unity and peace in the country.
He said it was important that every Zambian works to keep the peace and maintain stability that the country has worked hard to build.
Dr Kaunda said President Sata’s ascendancy to power brought a lot of hope to his heart that Zambia would be set on the path of development.
He said he recognized Mr Sata’s leadership qualities and that was why he appointed him governor of Lusaka and later minister of State.
Dr Kaunda urged the country to commit President Sata to Prayers and mourn him with dignity and unity.
The body of the late President Sata arrives in the country tomorrow at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport and burial takes place on November 11 at the Presidential burial site at the Embassy Park in Lusaka after a 14-day national mourning period effective 29 October.