Namibia’s founding President, Dr Sam Mujoma has described the late former Zambian President, Dr Kenneth Kaunda as a towering intellectual figure and a charismatic leader.
The death of Dr Kenneth Kaunda on June 17 robbed the African continent of the last founding father of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), now the African Union.
The first President of Namibia, Dr Sam Mujoma says Dr Kaunda was a true friend of the Namibian people during the Southern African country’s protracted and bitter national liberation struggle.
“Dr Kenneth Kaunda was a true friend of the Namibian people during our protracted and bitter national liberation struggle,” he said.
“He made his country, Zambia, a sanctuary and a second home for Namibians who had to endure the suffering and hardship of prolonged exile.
“I had the honour to know him and work with him, first as a fellow freedom fighter and founder of the United National Independence Party (UNIP), and when he served as the Chairman of the Pan-African Freedom Movement of East, Central and Southern Africa (PAFMECSA), as well as the first President of Zambia.
“Following Zambia’s achievement of independence in 1964, Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, became the political mecca and Frontline State and hosted African National Liberation Movements, as Dr Kaunda believed in the vision of Dr Kwame Nkrumah who said, “The independence of Ghana is meaningless unless it is linked-up with the total liberation of the African Continent”.
He further celebrated the role that Dr K.K played in the fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic and other luminaries that fought for Africa’s independence.
“With his passing, Zambia, Africa and the world at large have lost a truly great statesman, a towering intellectual figure and a charismatic leader of our time who was also a humanitarian who contributed to the fight against HIV/AIDS crisis through his Foundation of Children of Africa. “As we remember this selfless son of Africa, we also recall with admiration and abiding gratitude the memories of other African luminaries of our time such as the Late Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah
of Ghana, the Late Mwalimu Kambarage Julius Nyerere of Tanzania, the Late Dr Agostinho Neto of Angola, the Late Eduardo Mondlane and
Samora Machel of Mozambique, the Late Amilcar Cabral of Guinea Bissau, the Late Gamal Abdul Nasser of Egypt, the Late Ahmed Ben Bella of Algeria, the Late Ahmed Sékou Touré of Guinea Conakry, the Late Modibo Keita of Mali, the Late Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, the Late Oliver Tambo and Nelson Mandela of South Africa, amongst others. “
The African continent is mourning the death of the revolutionary icon who is set to be laid to rest at the Presidential burial site in Lusaka on the 7th of next month.