The Southern African country of Zambia`s President Michael Sata has curiously stayed away from the memorial ceremony of late South African President Nelson Mandela opting to send his deputy.

The Head of State will instead head to Kenya tomorrow to join in jubilee celebrations of that country.

President Sata’s host tomorrow Uhuru Kenyatta was at the FNB Stadium where he was among the global leaders that paid their respects to Mandela.

Zambia is being represented by Guy Scott and First Republican President Kenneth Kaunda.

President Michael Sata has declared seven days of national mourning in honour of Mandela.

The memorial to remember the former South African president was held at the 95,000-seat football stadium in Soweto, where he made his last public appearance at the 2010 World Cup has attracted 91 heads of state, 10 former heads of state, 75 dignitaries and 86 delegations from various organisations.

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