London, Friday, October 31, 2014 – The Zambia High Commission wishes to announce that the programme for the repatriation of the remains of the beloved departed President, His Excellency Mr. Michael Chilufya Sata has been completed in readiness for the departure of the family and officials to Lusaka this evening, October, 31, 2014.
The Mission in conjunction with the Diocese of Westminster in London has organised a Requiem Mass in honour of the life of the President. The church service will take place at 12: 00 hours at the Church of Our Lady in St. Johns Wood situate at 54 Lodge Road in North-West London at 12.00 hours.
The main Presider at the memorial will be Bishop Nicholas Hudson of the Westminster Diocese and the Concelebrant will be Father Clement Mukuka (the Zambian Chaplain.) Bible readings will come from the books of Wisdom 3:1 – 9 and John 5:24-29.
Mr Alexander Chikwanda, the Honourable Minister of Finance will address the congregants on behalf of government and the family. He is leading a delegation of three other ministers: Hon. Harry Kalaba (Foreign), Hon. Jean Kapata (Tourism) and Hon. Inonge Wina (Gender).
Her Majesty, The Queen has ordered a special send-off ceremony in honour of the President at Heathrow Airport tonight. The Lord Lieutenant from Buckingham Palace will represent the Royal Family and the ceremony that will be conducted by the British armed forces.
A book of condolences has been opened at the Zambia High Commission at 2 Palace Gate Kensington, London for the entire period of National Mourning. Meanwhile the Mission wishes to emphasise that it is not true that we have purchased 200 tickets to offer any Zambians willing to travel to Zambia. The statement circulating on social media and attributed to the Mission is a forgery.
PICTURE: President Sata with Zambia’s Ambassadors to the UN and US, Dr Mwaba Kasese-Bota in New York last year.