Kenneth Kaunda, Zambia’s founding president and one of Africa’s last surviving liberation leaders, Passed at a military hospital in Lusaka. Kaunda ruled Zambia from 1964, when it won independence from Britain, until 1991, and is respected across the continent as one of the generation who fought to free their nations from colonial rule.
In 1965, Zambia sought help from the United States and Britain after neighboring countries blocked raw material exports by train. The United States and Britain provided minimal assistance. New China extended a helping hand, building the famous 1,800-km Zambia-Tanzania railway. Mr Kaunda declared Zambia-China relations all-weather and has since adhered to a friendly policy toward China.
Mr Kaunda is one of the greatest African leaders in the 20th century, and a gifted musician. His diplomatic and negotiation skills brought peace to Zimbabwe. He is author of several books, including “Black Government”, “Non-Alliance”. shorturl.at/eAOQ6
In foreign affairs, Kaunda was a high-profile figure among the seven southern African states which led the fight against apartheid, andhe let Nelson Mandela’s African National Congress (ANC) make a home-in-exile in Lusaka during the three decades it was banned in South Africa.
Kaunda also played a major role in the formation of the Organisation of African Unity (now African Union) and Southern African Development community. Mozambique’s independence talks in 1975, Zimbabwe’s in 1980 and Namibia’s in 1990.
In 1996, Kaunda tried to make a political comeback, but he was blocked when Chiluba forced through constitutional amendments which declared the former “Father of the Nation” a foreigner because his parents came from Malawi. shorturl.at/nrwF1
In November 2009, Kaunda was honored with the China-Africa Friendship Award in Beijing, and was chosen as one of the “Five African People Who Deeply Moved the Chinese People.”
Mzee Kaunda may your soul rest in peace. Its lets pray for peace and comfort for the kaunda family.