ZAMBIA should give President Michael Sata a dignified funeral befitting the Head of State, veteran politician Vernon Mwaanga has advised.
And Dr Mwaanga has described the death of President Sata as tragic and has called on Zambians to remain peaceful and united during the period the country would be mourning the Head of State.
Dr Mwaanga said President Sata was elected by people of Zambia and deserved a respectable and dignified funeral and that those who would want to mourn within the Patriotic Front (PF) should be allowed to do so without being stopped.
Dr Mwaanga said Zambians should put their differences aside during the period the country would be mourning President Sata and maintain peace and love because that was what the Head of State would have wanted to see.
Featuring on the Zambia National Broadcasting Corperation (ZNBC) programme yesterday, Dr Mwaanga said President Sata did the best for the country and that his send-off should be done in the most respectable manner.
He said the ruling party would soon have to meet and decide who would be their presidential candidate in the coming presidential by-election following the demise of President Sata.
Dr Mwaanga said he was hopeful that provisions of the Constitution and the electoral laws could smoothly oversee a peaceful transition so that the country could continue enjoying peace.
Dr Mwaanga stated that Zambia could yet again show the world that it was capable of remaining stable even in the most difficult times such as the death of a President.
“As a nation, we need to give the President a respectable and dignified funeral.
He was elected by the people of Zambia and should therefore be given a send-off befitting the Head State.
Let us put our differences aside and maintain peace and love for one another because that is what he would have wanted. President Sata did the best for this country and I do hope the provisions of the Constitution and the electoral laws can oversee a peaceful transition,” Dr Mwaanga said.
He said the death of President Sata was a tragedy and that the whole world was watching how the country was going to manage the crisis.
Dr Mwaanga said it was important that in the transition process, the Constitution was going to be followed to the letter.
Dr Mwaanga extended his heartfelt condolences to President Sata’s family and the country as a whole.