Farewell King Cobra

Farewell King Cobra

LUSAKA – The funeral of Zambian President Michael Sata attracted more than 50000 mourners in the capital, Lusaka, including several African leaders.

Heroes Stadium was filled to capacity Tuesday with hundreds more waiting outside the gates. The funeral is  was  broadcast live on Zambian public television.

Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe and Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta  were in attendance as well as SA’s deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa with heads of state from Namibia and Madagascar and vice presidents from S, Tanzania and Swaziland.

Zambia’s first independence leader and first president, Kenneth Kaunda,  also attended the funeral.

Sata, 77, served as president of the southern African nation since 2011. He died in a London hospital on Oct. 28 after a long illness. -Sapa-AP