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Kikwete remembers FJT, Levy, Sata

TANZANIAN President Jakaya Kikwete and his wife Salma laying a wreath on late president Sata’s grave at Embassy Park in Lusaka yesterday. PICTURE: ANGELA NTENTABUNGA

TEDDY KUYELA, Lusaka
TANZANIAN President Jakaya Kikwete yesterday laid wreaths at the late presidents Michael Sata, Frederick Chiluba and Levy Mwanawasa’s graves at Lusaka’s Embassy Park.
Dr Kikwete, who arrived yesterday for a two-day State visit, also signed in a visitors’ book at the Embassy Park.
In his message, Dr Kikwete said: “I feel sad but happy to have had the opportunity to lay wreaths at the eternal resting places of these great sons of Zambia and great leaders of both Zambia and our region. May their souls rest in peace and their legacies live for ever”.
Dr Kikwete, who is accompanied by his wife, Salma, and other senior government officials from that country, arrived at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport around 12:00 hours  and was welcomed by President Lungu, First Lady Esther, Minister of Foreign Affairs Harry Kalaba, and Minister of Justice Ngosa Simbyakula.
Others who were on hand to receive Dr Kikwete were Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry Margaret Mwanakatwe, Lusaka Province minister Obvious Mwaliteta, some ambassadors accredited to Zambia and other top government officials.
While at the airport, Dr Kikwete was accorded a 21-gun salute and later inspected a guard of honour mounted by the First Battalion of the Zambia Army.

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