Public pays last respects to Sata

FORMER First Lady Christine Kaseba yesterday led Cabinet ministers and hundreds of people from all walks of life to view President Michael Sata’s body at the Mulungushi International Conference Centre in Lusaka.

Dr Kaseba was first to pay her respects to her husband whose remains will lie in state at Mulungushi International Conference Centre until Sunday, November 9.

Acting President Guy Scott and his wife Charlotte, Patriotic Front Secretary General Edgar Lungu who is also Defence and Justice Minister accompanied Dr Kaseba to view President Sata’s body followed by defence chiefs.

President Sata died in London on October 28 and his remains arrived in the country on Saturday aboard a private airline registration LX-GJC accompanied by the First Lady, some Cabinet ministers and members of the family.

Acting President Guy Scott, First Republican President Kenneth Kaunda, Fourth Republican President Rupiah Banda, opposition leaders Hakainde Hichilema, Nevers Mumba among others were part of the people who received Mr. Sata’s body which was draped in the Zambian flag.

State House staff , Cabinet ministers among them Alexander Chikwanda (Finance), Gender Minister Inonge Wina, Chiefs Minister Nkandu Luo and her Foreign Affairs counterpart, Harry Kalaba also paid their last respects to the late Head of State.

Diplomats accredited to Zambia also joined other mourners to view President Sata’s body.

Former republican vice-president Godfrey Miyanda was among political leaders that also viewed the body of the late Zambian leader.

And the public viewing procession which started slightly after 08:00 hours would take place on a daily basis until November 9, 2014.

Former Patriotic Front (PF) secretary general Wynter Kabimba was again conspicuously missing when Dr Kaseba led Dr Scott and other prominent citizens in viewing President Sata’s body.

Presidential press aide George Chellah who escaped lynching by PF cadres at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport on Saturday was also missing at the body viewing ceremony.