Katema thanks Zambians for giving Sata a dignified send off

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Government has thanked the Zambian people for giving the late president Michael Sata a dignified send-off.

Chief Government Spokesperson Joseph Katema said he is pleased that Zambians across tribe, religious and political diversity turned up in large numbers and came together to mourn and give President Sata a dignified funeral befitting a leader who rendered humble and selfless service to the nation

Dr. Katema, who is also Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services commended the Zambia Defence Forces for the meticulous and professional manner they conducted the entire funeral procession of the late head of state who was their Commander-In-Chief.

He also commended Police officers for enforcing law and order during the period of national mourning and also the media for the professional coverage of the state funeral.

The Minister further paid tribute to the provincial and district administrations, civic and religious leaders, traditional rulers and leaders across the country for bringing the people together in their respective localities to mourn the late departed president.

Dr. Katema said the spirit of one-ness has distinguished Zambians on the globe as an oasis of peace for the past 50 years of independence.

He disclosed government’s commitment to peace and unity as the country heads for the presidential by-election next year.