Pohamba, Kenyatta arrive for Sata’s burial

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President of Namibia, Hifikepunye Pohamba and his Kenyan counterpart, Uhuru Kenyatta have arrived in Zambia to join others heads of state at the funeral and burial of late President Michael Sata.


The two Presidents arrived this morning at Kenneth Kaunda International airport.


Mr. Pohamba was welcomed by Home Affairs Minister Ngosa Simbyakula while Mr. Kenyatta was welcomed by Lands Minister, Mwansa Kapeya.


And Ugandan Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda also joined other foreign dignitaries that are in Zambia for the burial of late President Sata in Lusaka today.


Dr. Rugunda arrived at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Lusaka at 00:45 hours this morning aboard a Kenyan Airways flight


He was welcomed at the airport by Deputy Minister of Youth and Sport Christopher Mulenga and other senior government officials.


President Michael Sata, who died in London on October 28, 2014, will be buried today at the Embassy Park in Lusaka after 14 days of national morning.


Several foreign dignitaries began arriving in Lusaka yesterday ahead of today’s burial of the late President Sata.


Among those that arrived yesterday are Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace, former President of Mozambique Armando Guebuza and Madagascar President Henry Rajaonarimampianina.


Others are Malawi Vice President Saulos Chilima, South Africa Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, Tanzania Vice President Muhammed Bilal, Swaziland Prime Minister Barnabas Dlamini and African Union (AU) Chairperson Nkosazana Dhlamini-Zuma.


The rest are Chinese Minister of Housing, Urban and Rural Development Chen Zhenggao, Angolan Speaker of the National Assembly Fernando dos Santos, South Africa’s First Lady Bongekile Zuma, former Nigerian president Yakubu Gowan and Ethiopian Speaker of the National Assembly Abdullah Gemeda.