LUSAKA: African leaders and mediators on Friday signed up with Zambia in grieving its founding president and also liberation hero Kenneth Kaunda, who passed away last month aged 97 after a spell of pneumonia.
“KK”, as he was affectionately recognized, subjugated Zambia from 1964, when the southern African nation won its independence from Britain, until shedding an election in 1991. He died on June 17 in a military hospital in Lusaka. Kaunda’s coffin curtained in the green, orange, black as well as red nationwide flag was driven into the major sector of the Lusaka program ground on a weapon carriage by a military jeep.
His child, Panji, wept, as did Kenyan Head Of State Uhuru Kenyatta. Other mourners swung white handkerchiefs, one of one of the most noticeable peculiarities of Kaunda, that after leaving office came to be a committed activist against HIV/AIDS.
Although Zambia’s copper-based economic situation did badly under his rule, Kaunda will be born in mind a lot more as a strong African nationalist that withstood white minority-ruled South Africa.
“We will never have the ability to pay back the debt that we owe you,” South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said, while Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu admired Kaunda’s record as an anti-imperialist who “believed that … Africans was worthy of to choose our own fate as a people which we could not be victimized”.
Additionally existing were the head of states of Malawi, Namibia, Mozambique, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Botswana, the prime minister of Lesotho, Britain’s Priest of African Affairs and Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland.
“He was a warrior who beat the Goliath of injustice,” stated Scotland.
Kaunda was given full army honours, including a 21-gun salute and an air force jet display screen.