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Zambians Say Goodbye to President Sata

Al Jazeera   in 
November 11, 2014

Zambians are paying their final respects to President Michael Sata with a funeral procession in the capital Lusaka getting under way.

Al Jazeera’s Tania Page, reporting from Lusaka, said heads of states from across Africa were in attendance at Tuesday’s funeral. Sata’s body has been lying in state since it was returned from London last month.

“[But] today belongs to the people of Zambia, to say farewell to the man who was known as the “King Cobra” for his sharp tongue,” our correspondent said.

On Monday. Zambia held a final requiem service for Sata ahead of his burial.

Religious leaders from different faith groups led prayers in parliament, in a ceremony attended by diplomats and politicians, including the country’s founding president Kenneth Kaunda and Sata’s predecessor Rupiah Banda.

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