PANJI Kaunda, the first born son of first Republican president Kenneth Kaunda, has urged politicians to respect the first president for the contribution he has made to the development of Zambia.
Colonel Kaunda told the Times in Chipata on Monday that the family of Dr Kaunda was not happy with the outbursts from some politicians who were allegedly talking ill of his father.
“As a family of Dr Kaunda, we are surprised by remarks from sections of politicians against my father. I have noticed with sadness that politicians have continued to issue careless and irresponsible statements to the media against my father,” Col Kaunda said.
He said the family of Dr Kaunda was disturbed at the moment in view of the outbursts being directed at his father.
He said some politicians should not forget that Dr Kaunda educated them when he was the president through free education, adding that Zambians should recognise his contribution to national development.
“The works and contributions that our old man made to the country should not be forgotten and should be recognised by Zambians.
‘‘We as children are not happy with politicians saying bad words against my father,” Col Kaunda said.
He said Dr Kaunda was a father to most of the current crop of politicians while others were his grandchildren who should be respecting him all the time.
“I am sure these people attacking my father have also their fathers who need respect from them. My father needs to be respected just as their fathers need to be respected,” Col Kaunda said.
He said Dr Kaunda had a right to comment on issues affecting the country because he was the father of the nation.
Col Kaunda asked veteran politician Malimba Masheke to respect Dr Kaunda and his family.
The former Republican president was recently a victim of a media bashing from former Defence minister George Mpombo, Patriotic Front president Michael Sata, secretary general Wynter Kabimba and former prime minister Malimba Masheke, who accused him of siding with President Banda.
Those attacking Dr Kaunda are reported to have warned him about further attacks if he continued with his perceived biased political stance.