The memorial service, held at the St. Ignatius Church, was attended by President Edgar Lungu, Sata’s widow, Christine Kaseba and other family members as well as opposition political leaders.

Michael Chilufya Sata, President of Zambia
Michael Chilufya Sata, President of Zambia

Pictures on social media showed the Zambian leader greeting other opposition leaders, including main opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema of the United Party for National Development (UPND).

Sata died at London’s King Edward VII Hospital on October 28, 2014 where he had gone for medical check-ups, and this was followed by a 14-day mourning period.

Father Charles Chilinda, who was Sata’s priest, said during the memorial ceremony that political leaders should emulate the late leader who preached love, peace and unity.

The priest, who invited all the political leaders present to the front and asked them to shake hands and sing along Sata’s favorite song, urged the politicians to embrace love, unity and peace and to continue the legacy of the late leader.

He further urged all political parties to genuinely reconcile, adding that Sata would have loved to see a united political front and urged political leaders to forego the hatred they were showing against each other.

He further urged the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) to continue the legacy of Sata who cared for the poor by pursuing policies that will lift the living standards of the poor in the country.

Meanwhile, President Lungu has praised Sata for ushering him and mentoring him into the political arena.
The Zambian leader told reporters after attending the memorial ceremony that Sata was an inspirational and greater leader who was focused in his endeavors.

The Zambian leader acknowledged that he would not have been in politics had Sata not mentored and encouraged him.

Sata, who died at the age of 77, was Zambia’s fifth president and ruled the southern African nation from September 2011 to October 2014. He became the second president in the country to die while in office following the death of President Levy Mwanawasa in August 2008.

He formed the then opposition PF in 2001 after leaving the then governing Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD). He had three unsuccessful attempts at the country’s presidency before winning on his fourth attempt in 2011. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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