Zambians bid farewell to Sata

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Hundreds of senior and junior staff from the defence and security wings of Government have bid farewell to their Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, President Michael Sata.

The staff turned up at Mulungushi International Conference Centre as early as 06-hours in Lusaka this morning.

Former Commanders, serving Deputy Commanders, their spouses, senior and lower ranking defence and security staff took turns to pay their last respects.

Retired Colonel Panji Kaunda, who is also Works, Supply, Communications and Transport Deputy Minister also saluted the late Head of State.

President Michael Sata will be remembered by the Defence and security personnel for harmonizing their salaries.

People from all walks life have continued trekking into Government House in Lusaka to sign books of condolences for President Michael Sata.

Speaking to ZNBC News after signing the book, Alliance for Democracy and Development -ADD- president Charles Milupi, says he will remember President Sata for his tenacity and fortitude.

He says President Sata’s legacy of hard work, respect for people and the humility he exhibited during his long time political career must continue.

And Italian Ambassador Pier Mario Dacco said he hopes President Sata’s legacy to reform the country’s infrastructure will be carried on.

Meanwhile Auditor General Anna Chifungula said she will miss President SATA’s unwavering support to her office.

The Prisoners Re-integration and Empowerment Organization has described President Sata as a leader who was determined to improve conditions in Prisons.

Organization Director General Derrick Malumo says it was during President SATA’s tenure in office that in 2012 more than 2-thousand prisoners were pardoned and this year other 9-hundred and 75 prisoners were released.

Mr. Malumo says President Sata also ensured that 6-hundred prisoners were moved from Maximum Prison in Kabwe to Mwembishi as a way of decongesting prisoners.

He says Zambia’s fifth President will also be remembered as one who ensured that the Prisons Service set up a milling plant in Kabwe.

And Chief Chiyengele of the Bunda people of Limulunga District in Western Province says President Sata will be remembered as a leader who recognized that Western Province has three tribes that should be respected as equals.