Lusaka — Churches in Zambia are mourning the death of President Michael Chilufya Sata who died on October 28 in a London hospital.
“On behalf of the three Christian church mother bodies in Zambia we express our sincere condolences to the first family, the government and the people of Zambia following this great loss,” read a joint statement by the churches.
The statement was signed by Fr Cleophas Lungu Secretary General for Zambia Episcopal Conference, Rev Suzanne Matale General Secretary, Council of Churches in Zambia and Rev Pukuta N Mwanza Executive Director, Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia, reported Vatican Radio.
The churches urge all the Zambians to remain calm, peaceful and united during the mourning period in order to give the late President “a befitting and a dignified send off.”
According to the statement, the development is “very disturbing and casts a dark cloud” over the nation and that the sudden death of President Sata has come at a time when the country has been commemorating its golden jubilee.
“We urge everyone to unite and pray for the peaceful transition in both government and the rest of the country,” the church leaders added.
Upon President Sata’s death, Vice President, Guy Scott was appointed acting President and will serve for 90 days until elections are held.