PRESIDENT Michael Sata will be buried on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 after the body arrives tomorrow, Secretary to the Cabinet Roland Msiska has announced.
Government has since declared a 12-day national mourning for President Sata who died on Tuesday at King Edward VII hospital in London.
He will be buried at Embassy Park in Lusaka where second President Frederick Chiluba and third President Levy Mwanawasa are also buried.
Four Cabinet ministers have since travelled to London to make arrangements for the transportation of the body.
Dr Msiska said President Sata’s body would arrive at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport at 10:00 hours tomorrow and that the Acting President would lead Government officials, military personnel and family members and other mourners in receiving the body.
Dr Msiska said Government would not take the body of President Sata to the 10 provinces and that body viewing would be done in Lusaka at the Mulungushi International Conference Centre.
He said Government was making arrangements to place television monitors in provincial centres where citizens would gather to witness the body viewing and the burial of the President.
Dr Msiska said soon after the arrival of President Sata’s body, a military escort would then lead the funeral cortege to Mulungushi International Conference Centre where Dr Scott would lay a wreath in a brief wreath-laying ceremony.
Speaking at a media briefing at his office yesterday, Dr Msiska said President Sata’s body would lie in State at Mulungushi International Conference Centre until Sunday 9th November 2014.
On Monday, November 10, there will be a thanks giving ceremony at Parliament Building at 10:00 hours.
“The body of the late President Sata who passed away on Tuesday night, 28th October, 2014 at King Edward VII hospital will arrive on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 10:00 hours at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport.
“The burial of President Sata will take place on Tuesday, November 11th 2014, at the Embassy Park. Government will not take the President’s body to other provinces and we have made arrangement to mount television monitors in provincial centres where citizens will monitor the body viewing and burial of the late Head of State,” Dr Msiska said.