Sata’s body back in Zambia

2014-11-02 14:00

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Former Zambian president Kenneth Kaunda was among those who gathered at Lusaka’s main airport yesterday to greet the plane carrying late president Michael Sata’s body.

The website Zambia Reports said the plane bringing Sata’s body from London, where he died on Tuesday, landed at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport yesterday morning, 10 days before his funeral.

Kaunda; Sata’s predecessor, Rupiah Banda; diplomats; and ordinary Zambians were part of the crowd gathered at the airport, Zambia Reports said.

Sata’s son Mulenga, who is also the mayor of Lusaka and was at his father’s bedside on Tuesday, also returned home.

He told journalists that his father had developed breathing problems that quickly worsened, and that doctors were unable to resuscitate him at one of London’s leading private hospitals, King Edward VII’s Hospital Sister Agnes.

“Mulenga also stated president Sata’s breathing problem started at the hotel – Radisson Blu Portman Hotel, London – where he had checked in for resting after being discharged,” said Zambia Reports, an independently owned website.

Mulenga also told journalists that in Sata’s final moments, he’d spoken about “family issues?...?nothing hard”.

Sata’s body is to lie in state for a week in the capital Lusaka until a November 11 funeral in a graveyard reserved for heads of state, AFP reported.

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