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President Kenyatta travels to Zambia for Sata’s burial

Tuesday November 11 2014

Patriotic Front cadres escort President Michael Sata's body to Mulungushi International Conference Centre in Lusaka, Zambia, on November 1, 2014.

Patriotic Front cadres escort President Michael Sata's body to Mulungushi International Conference Centre in Lusaka, Zambia, on November 1, 2014. A court in Lusaka is set to hear the dispute involving the governing PF in which two factions have nominated a candidate to be the flagbearer in the January elections. PHOTO | CHIBALA ZULU |  AFP

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President Uhuru Kenyatta left the country on Tuesday morning for Lusaka, Zambia, to attend the burial of the late President Michael Sata.

President Sata will be laid to rest on Tuesday at the Embassy Park the burial site for Zambian presidents where two other leaders, Levy Mwanawasa and Fredrick Chiluba, were buried.

The Zambian leader died on October 28 at 77 years while undergoing treatment in London.

In his condolence message to the government and people of Zambia, President Kenyatta described the late Zambian president as an exceptional leader gifted with unique, admirable abilities and strong values.

OTHER REGIONAL LEADERS

The funeral is expected to be attended by other regional leaders.

The plane carrying the President and his delegation departed Jomo Kenyatta International Airport shortly after 5am.

President Kenyatta was seen off at the airport by Interior Principal Secretary Monica Juma, Vice Chief of Defence Forces Lieutenant-General Samson Mwathethe and Inspector-General of Police David Kimaiyo, among other senior government officials.