FIRST Zambian president Kenneth Kaunda yesterday led several former presidents of Zambia and Africa in laying wreaths at the Embassy Park in honour of late President Michael Sata.
Among the former presidents Dr. Kaunda led were fourth Zambian president Rupiah Banda, Yakubu Gowoni of Nigeria, Sam Nuyoma of Namibia and Festus Mogae of Botswana.
The ceremony which was characterized by solemn music by the combined military choir saw Dr Kaunda step on the tomb stone while other former Heads of States across Africa followed to lay wreaths.
The other group of sitting Presidents was led by Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) chairperson and Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe.
Prime Ministers and other foreign dignitaries also paid their last respects to the late President.
The first to lay the wreaths was First lady Dr. Christine Kaseba who was then followed by Acting President Guy Scott before Lusaka Mayor Mulenga Sata and his siblings laid theirs.
The PF’s secretary general Edgar Lungu and his wife followedThe representatives of the Queen of England were also part of the dignitaries who laid the wreaths on late President Sata’s grave.
Opposition political party leaders among the UPND’s president Hakainde Hichilema, Heritage Party’s Brigadier General Godfrey Miyanda, ABZ’s father Frank Bwalya and People’s Party leader Mike Mulongoti paid their last respect.
Cosmo Mumba of National Revolution Party joined other opposition political party leaders together with Green Party leader Peter Sinkamba to lay the wreaths among others.
Traditional leader across the country also paid their last respect to late President Michael Sata.
President Sata was put to rest yesterday at the Embassy Park.