Govt suspends public viewing of Sata’s body

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Secretary to the Cabinet Roland Msiska has announced that the paying of last respects to the late President Michael Sata tomorrow morning has been suspended.

Dr Msiska said the general public viewing of the late President’s body will be temporarily suspended from 08:00 hours to 14:00 hours on Saturday November 8.

Dr Msiska said this in a statement  issued to ZANIS in Lusaka today.

“Members of the general public are however advised that body viewing will resume on the same day (Saturday) in the afternoon at 14:00 hours and will go on until 19:00 hours,” Dr. Msiska explained.

Dr Msiska  however said the body viewing will continue normally on Sunday, November 9th, 2014 from 08:00 hours to 18:00 hours, which is the final day of paying last respects to the late President.

On Monday, November 10, a day before burial takes place, an interdenominational thanksgiving requiem church service in honour of the departed President will be held at parliament buildings before the body is taken to State House where it will lay in State .

Thereafter, on Tuesday, November 11, 2014, a requiem mass in honour of the late Mr. Sata will be held at the National Heroes Stadium before burial at Embassy Park presidential burial site on the same day.

And Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba announced that eight Heads of State have confirmed that they will attend the late President Sata’s burial on Tuesday next week which has also been declared a public holiday to enable Zambians follow the burial proceedings.

The Presidents are Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Hifikepunye Pohamba of Namibia and Filipe Nyusi of Mozambique.

Others are Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta, Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Peter  Mutharika of Malawi.

Mr Kalaba said Tanzania will be represented by its Vice President Ali Muhammad while other countries within and outside Africa will send representatives.

President Sata died at King Edward the Seventh Hospital in London last week on October 28th, 2014.