Govt restricts access to roads during Sata burial

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Secretary to the Cabinet Roland Msiska has announced that there will be restricted access to some public roads around Embassy Park in Lusaka on November 11 during the burial of the late Republican President Michael Sata.


Dr Msiska said that Independence Avenue and roads around Embassy Park will be closed to the public to facilitate the funeral convoy for President Michael Sata from State House to the National Heroes Stadium and later for burial at the Embassy Park.


He urged the general public to minimize movements and find alternative routes on the burial day.


Nine Heads of State and other world leaders will attend the burial of the late President Sata.


Dr Msiska further advised motorists to avoid driving towards the city centre during the stated period to reduce unnecessary traffic congestion.


He however praised and thanked the general public for the maturity, love and peace exhibited so far during the State funeral which started on 29 October and ends next week after the late President Sata is put to rest on Novemebr 11.


President Sata died in a London hospital on October 28 and his body which arrived in the country on November 1 has been laying in state at the Mulungushi International Conference Centre in Lusaka to allow public viewing.   


And Dr Msiska has noted that prayer meetings and other events in honour of Mr Sata have been organized across the country and urged the public to participate in designated venues nearest to their locations.


In a statement availed to ZANIS in Lusaka today, Dr Msiska announced that there will be a requiem mass for President Sata on Tuesday November 11 at the National Heroes Stadium.


Dr Msiska said only persons holding appropriate invitation cards will have access to the VIP sections of the stadium while those without will be free to access the open sections of the stadium.


He said government will set up big television screens at the Lusaka Show Grounds, Matero, Chawama grounds and National Heroes Stadium to enable residents follow the live burial proceedings.


Dr Msiska further advised members of the public across the country to follow the live proceedings of the State funeral on ZNBC television.