He will send his wife for the mass burial in Ndola.
Sata has not been seen in public apart from peeping in cameras when he is conducting swearing-in ceremonies at State House.
Both State House and security sources tell the Watchdog that Sata wishes to be seen in public but he can’t because he cannot stand for a long time. Sources further say that the president fears the public eye as he has information that people will just be focussing on how strong or weak he looks physically.
Two weeks ago, Sata returned from a secret medical trip in UK and India.
On the day the Chibombo accident happened, Sata was swearing-in some relatives but journalists were not allowed near him or to ask questions.
He later declared a national mourning using ‘voice mail’ for the victims.
But it has since emerged that he will not be attending the mass burial or funeral. He will send his wife Christine Kaseba Sata.
Copperbelt minister Mwenye Musenge disclosed that a special plot has been identified in Ndola where the remains of the accident victims will be put to rest in individual graves and, government had initially identified Tuesday next week as a possible day for burial.
He said Sata’s wife Dr Kaseba Sata will attend the burial that will be preceded by an inter-denomination service to be held at the Levy Mwanawasa stadium.