LUSAKA, Zambia – A chartered plane carrying the body of Zambian President Michael Sata has arrived in Zambia from London, where he died in a hospital after a long illness.
Mourners, some carrying pictures of Sata, gathered Saturday at the main Lusaka airport before the arrival of the plane. Security forces were also on hand to escort a vehicle carrying Sata's body to a conference center, where family, officials and the public will view the casket. The burial is scheduled for Nov. 11.
Acting President Guy Scott, a white Zambian of Scottish descent, has said security forces will not tolerate any violence or other illegal activity while the country mourns Sata. Under the constitution, a presidential election must be held within 90 days.