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Uhuru mourns departed Sata

30 October 2014, 09:30

Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta has led Kenyans in mourning the death of Zambian President Michael Sata.

In his condolence, Kenyatta said he had learnt with great sorrow of the passing away of 77-year-old Zambian leader who died at a London hospital, where he was undergoing treatment.

"We share the pain of this loss. We mourn with our Zambian brothers and sisters, the passing of another Africa's great independence era leaders. Our prayers are with the people of Zambia at this moment of national grief," Kenyatta said.

"On behalf of the Government and people of the Republic of Kenya and on my own behalf, I wish to express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the late President Sata and to the people of the Republic of Zambia."

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Kenyatta said President Sata was an exceptional leader in many ways, noting that the Zambian leader was gifted with unique, admirable abilities and strong values.

Sata, who flew to London on October 20 for medical check-up died around 20:11 Zambian time at London's King Edward VII Hospital after months of speculations on his health, according to Secretary to the Cabinet Roland Msiska.

He becomes the second Zambian leader to die while in office. President Levy Mwanawasa died in 2008 while attending an African Union Summit in Egypt.

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