KK safari suits launched
SBM What’s New Boutique chief executive officer Sylvia Mwansa launched the Kenneth Kaunda’ or ‘KK’-branded safari suits over the weekend at Lusaka’s Manda Hill Shopping Mall at an occasion that also doubled as President Kenneth Kaunda’s 88th birthday party.
Mrs Sylvia Mwansa said KK’s 88th birthday celebration proved a milestone and it was the duty of Zambia’s sons and daughters to show him that he is valued and dearly loved.
“Today marks a memorable day in the history of SBM Investments,” Mrs Mwansa said. “Our 10-year plan has come to pass through the launch of the KK suits and regalia. For us, we are simply invoking the goodwill and fatherly love of the father of the nation.”
Mrs Mwansa said SBM wants to develop Zambian brands to create awareness of Zambian products and show that Zambian names can be used to bring honour and a sense of pride to the country’s citizens.
The suits were specially manufactured in Istanbul, Turkey. The name ‘Kenneth Kaunda’ is embedded in the inside left jacket pocket as well as on the lower bottom of the jacket’s left sleeve. The jacket also has an additional feature of a pen pouch above the left breast pocket.
As KK was a proponent of socialism, SBM has considered making the suits affordable by selling them at a cost ranging from K1.2 million to K1.7 million.
Mrs. Mwansa says her company will, in future launch the levy Mwanawasa suits and President Michael Sata’s campaign shirt.
The occassion was graced by both the young and the old.Notable people present political veterans like Grey Zulu, Lewis Changufu, General Kingsley Chinkuli, General Tom Fara and Peter Matoka.
Others on the guest list included United States Ambassador to Zambia Mark Storella, South African Ambassador to Zambia Moses Chikane, United Nations Development Programme country representative Viola Morgan and former first lady Maureen Mwanawasa.
The launch was graced also by Foreign Affairs and Tourism Minister Given Lubinda.
The event drew the attention of curious on-lookers.Shoppers and diners from restaurants had to abandon shopping and meals to join in wishing Zambia’s founding father a happy birthday.
Many of the young present craned and strained their necks to catch a glimpse of this adored national icon while simultaneously chancing their luck at a photograph with him.
KK proved a good sport as his mouth constantly creased into a smile in front of numerous flashing cameras and adoring invited and uninvited guests.
Love was also in the air as KK could not resist the opportunity to openly proclaim his affections and unfading love for his lifetime sweetheart, Zambia’s first ever first lady, Mama Betty Kaunda.
The first republican president, Kenneth Kaunda says he would not have been where he is now without the support of his wife, Mama Betty Kaunda.
Dr. Kaunda, who even sang a song for Mama Betty, thanked her for her support and guidance
“When I remember the first kiss,” KK crooned away in a determined raspy melody that prompted an escape of ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ from the ecstatic audience.
Dr Kaunda said he was grateful to be honoured in such a way while still alive and was a very happy man to witness the launch of the suits branded in his name.
“Not many people live long enough to reach this age,” he said.
Foreign Affairs and Tourism Minister Given Lubinda said the special launch of the KK safari suits has contributed to making KK the icon that he is, who should be remembered for much more than being a fashion trendsetter but also for helping liberate Zambia, unifying its 73 tribes and building patriotism among its citizens.
“He is a living legend and launching the KK suits adds to the long list of things he’ll be remembered by,” Mr Lubinda said. “For me it is much more than wearing his suit, but living his legacy of love for God and love for mankind.”