Body of Zambian president arrives home

2014-11-01 14:18
The body of former Zambian President Michael Sata arrives in Lusaka. (Moses Mwape, AP)

The body of former Zambian President Michael Sata arrives in Lusaka. (Moses Mwape, AP)

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Lusaka - A chartered plane carrying the body of Zambian President Michael Sata arrived on Saturday in Zambia from London, where the president died in a hospital after a long illness.

Mourners, some carrying pictures of Sata, gathered at the main Lusaka airport before the arrival of the plane. Two former Zambian presidents, Kenneth Kaunda and Rupiah Banda, also attended.

Security forces were on hand to escort the vehicle carrying Sata's body to a conference centre, where family, officials and the public will view the casket in coming days. The burial is scheduled for 11 November.

Acting President Guy Scott, a white Zambian of Scottish descent, has said security forces will not tolerate any violence or other illegal activity while the country mourns Sata.

Under the constitution, a presidential election must be held within 90 days.

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