President Edgar Lungu says Late President Michael Sata will forever be remembered as an architect of development.
Mr. Lungu said during Mr. Sata’s three year tenure as republican president, the country recorded unprecedented massive development particularly in rural areas.
President Lungu said the creation of new districts, construction of roads among other infrastructures embarked on by the late Mr. Sata has greatly contributed to improved service delivery.
The Head of State said the best way to honour the late Mr. Sata is by following his legacy of ensuring that the livelihoods of the vulnerable people in the country is uplifted.
|Late President Michael Sata|
Mr. Lungu said this at the memorial service in honour of the late president Michael Sata at Saint Ignatius Parish in Lusaka.
And Mr. Lungu said Mr. Sata was an inspirational leader who embraced values that were common to every ordinary citizen of this country.
Mr. Lungu said he will forever remain indebted to the late Mr. Sata for inspiring him with his ability of providing political character that enabled every citizen of this country to actively participate in national affairs.
And speaking on behalf of the Sata family, former vice president Dr. Guy Scott said the late Mr. Sata brought a new dimension to the country’s political arena.
Dr. Scott said Mr. Sata was a selfless politician who spoke courageously for the majority poor in the country.
The former Vice President further said Mr Sata’s capability and courageousness saw him rise to serving in different government portfolios until his death as Head of State.
And in his homily, Fr. Charles Chilinda called on all Zambians to emulate Mr. Sata’s life of loving one another.
Fr. Chilinda urged politicians to put aside all personal differences and aim at tackling national issues that will improve the country’s economy for the betterment of all Zambians.
He said the needs of the people of Zambia are enormous hence the need to priorities national issues that will benefit the poor in society.
Fr. Chilinda also described the late Mr. Sata as a loving family man whose delicate sense of charity influenced many people in the country.
Fourth republican President Rupiah Banda, former first lady Maureen Mwanawasa, Speaker of the National Assembly Dr. Patrick Matibini were also present during the memorial church service.
United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema, Fourth Revolution Party president Erick Chanda, Zambia Direct Democracy Movement (ZDDM) president Edwin Sakala and All Peoples Party President Mike Mulongoti were among opposition political leaders present at the memorial church service.