28 June 2012

Zambia: Sata Mourns Sister-in-Law

PRESIDENT Michael Sata was yesterday among hundreds of mourners at the burial of his sister-in-law Adela Lombe Sata who died on Sunday.

Mrs Sata, 69, was the wife of the President's late older brother, Burton who died in 2000.

The President thanked the mourners for the support rendered to the family and urged them to continue standing by one another.

He commended the late Mrs Sata's children for looking after their mother until the time of her death.

During a requiem mass at Our Lady of Africa Catholic Church, Parish priest Raphael Chanda said death had no power on those that believed in Christ.

Father Chanda said Christians believed that those that died believing in Christ lived on and that their lives were transformed after death.

He described the late Mrs Sata as a humble, prayerful and inspirational person.

"She lived a life of forgiving and was frank to point out mistakes; she was also a generous person who shared her wealth and despite the pain during her illness, she was always cheerful," he said.

Mrs Sata died on Sunday after a battle with cancer and was buried at Chingola Road Cemetery.

She is survived by 10 children and several grandchildren.

The President was accompanied to the funeral by Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda, Copperbelt Minister Davis Mwila, his Permanent Secretary Christopher Mutembo, Kitwe District Commissioner, Elias Kamanga and Mayor, Chileshe Bweupe.

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