Acting President Guy Scott this afternoon led former President Kenneth Kaunda and foreign dignitaries in paying their last respects to the late President Michael Sata.
Dr. Scott led about 20 delegates at State House in Lusaka today where the body of the late President Sata is laying in state until tomorrow.
Among the people that paid their last respect was the representative of Queen Elizabeth II of England, Countess of Wissex, African Union Chairperson Nkosazana Dhlamini-Zuma, SADC Executive Secretary Dr. Stergomena.
Others are Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and his spouse, former President of Mozambique Armando Guebuza, President of Madagascar Hery Rajaonarimampianina, Prime Minister of Swaziland Barnabas Dhlamini and Vice President of Tanzania Muhammed Bilal.
A Chinese delegation, Vice President of Malawi Saulos Chilima, Deputy President of South Africa Cyril Ramaposa, former Nigerian President Yakubu Gawon, Ghana’s Minister of Central Region Aquinas Quansah, Sudanese Minister of Foreign Affairs, and a representative from the Israeli government also paid their last respects.
The rest include Speakers of Parliament from Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola.
President Sata, who died in London on October 28, 2014, will be put to rest on November 11, in Lusaka at Embassy Park.
His body is currently laying in state at State House.