Lusaka – One of the last surviving icons from the golden age of Africa’s anti-colonial era, Dr Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia, turned 97 on April 28 with President Edgar Lungu celebrating his life of selflessness and sacrifice.
KK led Zambia from Independence in 1964 to 1991.
President Lungu visited Zambia’s Founding President to congratulate him on his birthday, and hailed KK’s immense contribution to the liberation struggle in his own nation and in other countries. He also lauded other giants of African liberation, both living and dead.
“Zambia cannot be what it is without your contribution. We thank God. It is imperative that we celebrate your life and we continue to learn from you,” President Lungu said.
He added that KK’s famous “One Zambia, One Nation” mantra still served to unite the country, and would remain at the core of the government’s policies.
“Sir, we thank God for everyday of your life,” he said before leading his delegation in singing a birthday song.
President Lungu presented gifts to KK, including a Bible.
“We never get tired of the Word of God. The Word of God is paramount to us. We have the Ministry of Religious Affairs that, among other things, helps inculcate good values in the nation,” President Lungu said.
An emotional KK responded: “This is touching. Thank you for coming. It takes me back to God’s place, I’m humbled. Please continue with this good spirit. May God continue to bless you all, amen.”
“Dr Kaunda is not an ordinary person but a true definition of a pan-Africanist, a true blessing to mankind,” President Lungu later posted on his Facebook page.