The church in Zambia has expressed its sadness following the death of the country’s president, Michael Chilufya Sata. President Sata died on Tuesday October 28, while undergoing medical treatment in a hospital in London.
In a joint statement published on Wednesday 29 October, the three church mother bodies in Zambia say they have received the news of the passing on of the Republican Head of State with deepest sorrow and heartfelt sadness.
The joint letter is signed by Rev. Suzanne Matale, General Secretary of the Council of Churches in Zambia, Rev. Pukuta Mwanza, Executive Director of the Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia and Fr. Cleophas Lungu who is the Secretary General for Zambia Episcopal Conference.
Below is the full statement
CHURCH SADDENED AT THE DEATH OF ZAMBIA’S PRESIDENT MICHAEL SATA
The three church mother bodies in Zambia have received the news of the passing on of the Republican Head of State His Excellency Mr. Michael Chilufya Sata with deepest sorrow and heartfelt sadness.
This is according to a joint letter signed by Rev. Suzanne Matale General Secretary, Council of Churches in Zambia, Rev. Pukuta N. Mwanza Executive Director, Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia Fr. Cleophas Lungu Secretary General for Zambia Episcopal Conference.
The letter says the development is very disturbing and casts a dark cloud over the nation and that the sudden death of President Sata has come at a time when the country has been commemorating its golden jubilee.
“On behalf of the three Christian church mother bodies in Zambia we express our sincere condolences to the first family, the government and the people of Zambia following this great loss. We urge all the Zambians to remain calm, peaceful and united during this period of mourning so that we can give the late President a befitting and a dignified send off.
We urge everyone to unite and pray for the peaceful transition in both government and the rest of the country,” The letter read.
The three church mother bodies has since said that the nation must turn to God during this very sad moment and pray for the comfort and encouragement from God.
May the soul of the late President rest in God’s eternal peace and may Zambia continue to be united in the difficult circumstances as we look to the future.