Hundreds continue viewing Sata’s body

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Hundreds continue viewing Sata’s body


LUSAKA, November 7, ZANIS —Hundreds of people from all walks of life have continued to throng the Mulungushi International Conference Centre to view late President Michael Sata’s body.


A check by ZANIS at the centre in Lusaka today found long queues of people wanting to view the late President Sata’s body.


Zambia Association of Musicians (ZAM) president Njoya Tembo, who led other musicians to view the body, said in an interview that the late President Sata had passion for music.


Tembo, alias Njoya T., said the late President’s resolve to adopt and support a choir at St. Ignatius Catholic Church showed that he was passionate about music in the country.


Mr. Sata’s administration produced a hologram, a security feature which shows the originality of artists’ works.


He said Mr. Sata also established the Ministry of Tourism and Art to address the welfare of musicians where at least 300 jobs were created.


Njoya T, who was in accompany of local artists namely Cox Phiri, Mampi, MC Wambwino, Zanga-ze fume, Petersen Mukubesa, James Chamanyazi, Chris Aka and Diffikoti among others, disclosed that the musicians would proceed to State House to console the First Lady Christine Kaseba on the loss of her husband and father of the nation. 


ZAM national information and publicity secretary Mwembe Chulu, aka Mwembe Munthu, disclosed that a musical concert has been set by all the musicians to honour of the departed Head of State.


Mwembe Munthu disclosed that a song in honour of the late President is underway and will be unveiled after his burial on November 11 adding that provincial musical concerts have been planned in an effort for Zambians to unite.


“A musical peace concert has been planned where all musicians, politicians and government officials have been invited in remembrance of President Sata,” he said.


And Zambia National Commercial Bank (ZANACO) Managing Director Bruce Dick said the local currency, the Kwacha, is still strong and trading as usual.


Mr. Dick, who led ZANACO staff in viewing the body of the late President Sata, commended government for growing Zambia’s economy by six percent.


Prime Television Station Manager Babara Sitenge thanked the late Mr. Sata for improving media reforms in the country.


Ms. Sitenge has since asked the PF to continue with the vision and legacy of the late President in ensuring that the Access to Information and Freedom bill is enacted and passed in parliament. 


Mr. Sata, 77, died at King Edward VII Hospital, Central London on October 28 where he had been admitted since leaving Zambia on October 20 to receive treatment.


He will be buried at Lusaka’s Embassy Park on November 11, 2014.


The government has declared 14 days of national mourning in honour of the late President while tents have been mounted at the Show Grounds for mourners. 


A total of nine foreign Heads of State have confirmed attending the burial.