Eight Presidents coming for Sata’s burial

EIGHT Heads of State are expected to arrive in the country for the funeral of President Michael Sata who will be buried on Tuesday next week.

Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba announced yesterday that contrary to online reports that Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe would not be coming to Zambia, the Zimbabwean leader had confirmed that he would be attending the funeral of President Sata.

Mr Kalaba said among the Presidents who have confirmed to attend the funeral of President Sata were Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Hifikepunye Pohamba of Namibia, Uhuru Kenyata of Kenya and Yoweri Museveni of Uganda.

Others are Rwandan President Paul Kagame, President of Mozambique Armando Emillo Gebuza, and Peter Wamutarika while Tanzania would be represented by Vice-President Ali Muhamad Ghaib Bilal.

South African President Jacob Zuma would be represented by his wife while the African Union (AU) chairperson Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma would also be coming for President Sata’s funeral.

China, Japan and the United States will send their delegations while Australia, Seychelles and Sri Lanka will be represented by their ambassadors.

Mr Kalaba said the coming of eight foreign Heads of States into Zambia for President Sata’s funeral was an indication that the late President had good relations with other leaders in the region and beyond.

And Mr Kalaba said the Patriotic Front (PF) was not divided and that assertions that the ruling party was cracking following the death of President Sata were unfounded.

Mr Kalaba said the decision by Acting President Guy Scott to fire Edgar Lungu as secretary general of the PF was not in conformity with the party rules and that was why there was a revolt from Cabinet ministers, members of the central committee and the general membership.

He said the party had moved on as a united front following the reinstatement of Mr Lungu as secretary general and appealed to members across the country to continue mourning President Sata with honour and dignity.

Mr Kalaba said the divisions in the party were only perceived and that he was only reading about the differences in the newspapers.