I have learnt with great sorrow of the passing away of Zambia’s President Michael Chilufya Sata.
On behalf of the Government and people of the Republic of Kenya and on my own behalf, I wish to express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the late President Sata and to the people of the Republic of Zambia.
We share the pain of this loss. We mourn – with our Zambian brothers and sisters – the passing of another Africa”s great independence era leaders. Our prayers are with the people of Zambia at this moment of national grief.
President Sata was an exceptional leader in many ways. He was gifted with unique, admirable abilities and strong values. His perseverance and determination saw him pursue his vision for Zambia. This consistency paid off when he emerged victorious in the elections of 2011, after a long spell as an opposition leader. Indeed his rise from humble beginnings to the top office teaches us an important lesson: a worthy individual can triumph over the most daunting adversities.
A strong advocate of multiparty democracy, President Sata propagated a great sense of national unity in an immensely diverse country. He believed in the noble principles of equity, justice and cohesion.
President Sata was an outstanding Son of Africa leader. In his long and exemplary life, he made valuable contribution to the welfare of the people of Zambia and our Continent. Therefore, as we pay homage to this visionary leader, let us also celebrate and honor his life and achievements.
29th October, 2014