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Chingola vendors march for Sata

UNITED Street Vendors Foundation marching through Kabwe Town before signing in the book of condolences in respect of President Michael Sata, who died in London last week on Tuesday. PICTURE: SUNDAY BWALYA/ZANIS.

NOMSA NKANA,Lusaka & NKWETO MFULA, Chingola
GOVERNMENT has commended the people of Zambia for the level of maturity, love and peace they have exhibited during the period of national mourning for late President Sata.
Secretary to the Cabinet Roland Msiska has also urged the nation to continue with the same spirit during and after the burial of the President.
“As you are all aware, our beloved late President will be put to rest on November 11, 2014,” he said.
Dr Msiska said in a statement released in Lusaka yesterday that a requiem mass for late President Sata will be held on November 11, 2014 at the National Heroes Stadium starting at 07:00 hours in the morning.
He said only people holding appropriate invitation cards will have access to the VIP sections of the stadium.
Dr Msiska also said members of the public without invitation cards for VIP sections will be free to access the open sections of the stadium.
According to Dr Msiska, Government will set up big television screens in designated locations of Lusaka on the day of burial.
He said these areas include Chawama grounds opposite the clinic, Lusaka Showgrounds, Matero and National Heroes stadiums.
Dr Msiska advised the public to gather at the venue nearest to their locations to follow the proceedings of the State funeral on the big screens adding that the rest of the country can follow the proceedings on national television.
He said prayer meetings and events in honour of late President Sata have been organised across the country during the period of the national mourning.
Dr Msiska called on the public to participate in these events in designated venues nearest to their locations.
And body viewing by the public at Mulungushi International Conference Centre (MICC) was suspended yesterday morning, but resumed at14:00 hours until 19:00 hours.
Meanwhile, scores of street vendors marched around Chingola town centre to express their grief at the death of President Sata.
During the march, the Street Vendors Association of Zambia, which organised the event, said whoever will succeed President Sata should emulate him by supporting and looking into the plight of the vulnerable.
Chairperson Bwalya Kapeti said Mr Sata’s successor should carry on with his vision of uplifting the living standards of all the people of Zambia.
“We are mourning President Sata and we are looking forward to someone to carry on with his vision for the country,” he said.
Mr Kapeti was speaking after the vendors marched through the town centre while singing solemn songs to show their sorrow at the death of President Sata.

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