President Michael Sata and first president Kenneth Kaunda are expected in South Africa next weekend.
The South African government has confirmed that Sata is among the 40 African heads of state who have been invited to celebrate the 100th year of that country’s ruling party the ANC.
The celebrations will be held Mangaung in the Free State province and will attended by former African heads of state attending like Jerry Rawlings from Ghana, Sam Nujoma from Namibia, Kenneth Kaunda from Zambia and Joachim Chissano from Mozambique.
“We also have confirmation from 80 fraternal parties in the like of the MPLA, Swapo, Frelimo, PAIGC, the Norwegian Labour Party, Communist Party of Cuba, the German Social Democratic Party and the National Congress of India,” said the ANC.
The party said it had 50 participants from anti-apartheid movements from all over the world including the family of the late Father Trevor Huddleston and eminent persons such as Reverend Jesse Jackson.
All South African political parties were invited, some of whom had confirmed including the Inkatha Freedom Party, Congress of the People, APC, United Democratic Movement and the Democratic Alliance, the traditional healers organisations, religious and traditional leaders, organisations of civil society and individuals of good standing in society.
“Our celebrations will also be graced by the presence of the nine recognised kings, who are: King Goodwill Zwelithini, Ingwenyama Enock Makhosonke Mabena, Ingwenyama Mbusi Mahlangu, King Lekunutu Cavandish Mota and King Buyelekhaya Zwelibanzi Dalindyebo, among others.
“We will also be graced with the presence of His Majesty Otumfo Ose II, the Asante Hene of the Ashante people of Ghana,” the ANC said.
From the clergy and religious leaders, the ANC confirmed the attendance of the Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and representatives from NICSA, which included major faith based organisations, such as the South African Council of Churches and All Africa Conference of Churches