Friday, February 23, 2024

Former president Kenneth Kaunda given a surprise

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First Republican President Dr Kenneth Kaunda (centre) expresses surprise after being welcomed by Vice-President Guy Scott's wife Charlotte at his office as Patriotic Front deputy secretary general Bridget Atanga (left) looks on. This was during the launch of Dr Kaunda's 90th birthday celebrations in Lusaka
First Republican President Dr Kenneth Kaunda (centre) expresses surprise after being welcomed by Vice-President Guy Scott’s wife Charlotte at his office as Patriotic Front deputy secretary general Bridget Atanga (left) looks on. This was during the launch of Dr Kaunda’s 90th birthday celebrations in Lusaka

When Dr Kaunda arrived at his Kabulonga office around 10:00 hours on Monday morning, he was surprised to be welcomed by Vice-President Guy Scott’s wife Charlotte, Deputy Permanent Secretary to the Cabinet Peter Kasanda, KK at 90 committee chairperson David Kombe and Chinese Ambassador to Zambia Zhou Yuxiao, among others.

Dr Kaunda only came to learn what was happening shortly afterwards when he was led to a marquee where some Freedom Fighters and local artistes as well as other people were waiting to welcome him.

It was after leading the gathering to singing his favourite Tiyende Pamodzi song that he confessed that no one had told him that such an event was happening at his office.

[pullquote]Continue to build One Zambia One Nation, it’s a great thing[/pullquote]
“You know my age. I don’t remember at any time when I have been surprised in this way as I was today.They didn’t tell me anything about it at all and if I came a few minutes late, ladies and gentlemen, your excellencies, it was not deliberate at all, I didn’t know,” he said.

He described the surprise as amazing, incredible and wonderful and was grateful to everyone for the gesture.
“Am sorry Betty is not here but it has happened what can we do? She’s not here but am representing her,” he said.

At the same event, Brian Chengala’s Shakarongo Arts and Youth Academy (SAYA) with support from Raising Rhythm from Canada presented Dr Kaunda with a guitar, which he tested by strumming to a song.
InterBrands Investments and Distributors also presented gifts to Dr Kaunda and other Freedom Fighters present.
Mr Kombe said yesterday marked the launch of the 90 Minutes Helping Hand programme aimed at dedicating of 90 minutes at individual and institutional level to lend a helping hand to the needy in society as part of the activities lined up ahead of Dr Kaunda’s 90th birthday on April 28.
Dr Kasanda echoed Mr Kombe’s remarks that Government had decided that Dr Kaunda’s 90th birthday and Golden Jubilee celebrations go hand in hand and recalled how he worked as Dr Kaunda’s private secretary for a decade.

Gender Permanent Secretary Annie Sinyangwe said the country was indebted to Freedom Fighters for what it was now, owing to their vision for unity, prosperity and peace. She said this was why they needed to be honoured and respected for God to continue blessing the country.
Among the Freedom Fighters in attendance were Sikota Wina, Peter Matoka and Mama Kankasa.

Dr Kenneth Kaunda has urged Zambians to remain united regardless of their divergent backgrounds.

He reiterated his appeal for adherence to the One Zambia One Nation motto and avoiding any divisive elements.

“Continue to build One Zambia One Nation, it’s a great thing. One Zambia One Nation so that even if we hear so many things being talked about, parties or what have you, please ignore them. Remember, one Zambia is one nation,” Dr Kaunda said.
Dr Kaunda said the One Zambia One Nation slogan meant unity across colour, tribe, faith and against any other divisive elements.

t Dr Kenneth Kaunda (centre) shakes hands with Chinese Ambassador to Zambia Zhou Yuxiao as Deputy Permanent Secretary to the Cabinet Peter Kasanda (in maroon tie and spectacles) and Vice-President Guy Scott's wife Charlotte (left) look on. This was when Dr Kaunda arrived at the launch of his 90th birthday celebrations at his office in Lusaka
t Dr Kenneth Kaunda (centre) shakes hands
with Chinese Ambassador to Zambia Zhou Yuxiao as Deputy Permanent
Secretary to the Cabinet Peter Kasanda (in maroon tie and spectacles)
and Vice-President Guy Scott’s wife Charlotte (left) look on. This was
when Dr Kaunda arrived at the launch of his 90th birthday celebrations
at his office in Lusaka
First Republican President Dr Kenneth Kaunda (right) greets fellow Freedom Fighter Peter Matoka. This was at the launch of Dr Kaunda's 90th birthday celebrations in Lusaka
First Republican President Dr Kenneth Kaunda (right) greets fellow
Freedom Fighter Peter Matoka. This was at the launch of Dr
Kaunda’s 90th birthday celebrations in Lusaka
First Republican President Dr Kenneth Kaunda interacts with Chinese Ambassador to Zambia Zhou Yuxiao in Lusaka . This was during the launch of Dr Kaunda's 90th birthday celebrations
First Republican President Dr Kenneth Kaunda interacts with
Chinese Ambassador to Zambia Zhou Yuxiao in Lusaka . This was
during the launch of Dr Kaunda’s 90th birthday celebrations

58 COMMENTS

  1. I’m sure he just looked at Guy Scot and his wife and silently said STUPID *****. 90 yrs old? Take away 27 yrs of dictatorship and you end up with Humanist in Africa.
    I find it had to celebfrTe the his life. If he meant well for Zambia we would not be thing.

    • I totally agree with you bra. Yes he was not corrupt, granted, but what about all that blood thirsty greed for power?

    • You have no humour at all, as much as Kaunda made mistakes, it’s absurd to think of him that way. I’m sure you didn’t go to varsity during those days to see how great the man was compared to the dilapidated state of universities now. Shame on you.

    • Happy Birthday KK, you’re a blessed man. Please teach these PF thugs the importance of a united Zambia

  2. I’m sure he just looked at Guy Scot and his wife and silently said STUPID *****. 90 yrs old? Take away 27 yrs of dictatorship and you end up with a Humanist in Africa.
    I honestly find it had to celebrate his life. If he meant well for Zambia we would not be where we are politically today.

  3. “She said this was why they needed to be honoured and respected for God to continue blessing the country.” Is God blessing the country because Zambians respect Dr Kaunda or???

  4. KK panshi, kumulu lesa, time is the master indeed! I always remember back in the days when we had to line up in the streets to wait for him to pass and wave his handkerchief and classes are all cancelled! A shameless and selfish dictator he was!

    • You must be ashamed of yourself, Calling him a dictator after benefiting greatly on his policy of free education and health care for all is embarrassing. Whom do you want to please anyway?? Pekele.

  5. Dictator of 27 years KK, enjoy your birthday but we still remember our suffering during your autocratic reign.
    On the other hand, Barotseland divorced Zambia because of your impunity for maliciously abrogating the Barotseland Agreement 1964. Lest we forget the people who were brutally murdered under your rule, such as the Leshina/Lumpa massacre.
    Have a great reflection on your ills to others, for we shall always remember you the First and Last Dictator of Zambia. How you enslaved us, queuing for a loaf of bread, salt, sugar and mealie meal for hours. Beef, chicken, apples and many commodities were no where to be glimpsed.
    I didn’t see you at the Litunga’s Queen funeral in Barotseland, and surely you know why. Once a dictator, always a dictator, KK.

    • you helped liberate most of the southern region, but look now at your 90yr mark, none of the leaders from the region have come to help you celebrate?? why, ask yourself – its because of your selfishness, aligning yourself with fellow dictator Sata and all his evil actions. You are supposed to be a father-figure to the country, doing things none partisan. You a mampara!!

    • @The Observer, I think you are a bit stupidised by modern democracy. Iwe tuli ngene fye, yes we used to line up along streets, after cleaning and painting all trees half in white lime, looked like they wearing skirts.
      And we swept all old-people’s houses. We were all in kaki uniforms, no dirty child at all and wesang “socializim emutande, tulekonka ba youth”.

  6. One Zambia, Chain of Dictators!

    Free Barotseland whose territory you occupy by false pretences and deceit!

    Barotseland was a nation and remains a nation-state.

    Ki nako!

  7. He has stolen the limelight,Nkumbula and others died early because of his selfishness no wonder he is being feted by chinese and scot.

  8. May God Continue to bless KK. I also pray for his salvation.
    “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God,” the bible says. So nobody deserves to judge him except Christ who left the glories of heaven that he might turbanacle with man that we might share in his righteousness.

  9. Is that guy in picture three, in the background behind the old man sitting, a real human being or a painting?

  10. Pic #3

    The man standing in the background has a “Bull Frog” resembling face of a man sitting on the porcelain throne about to make a large deposit.

  11. Why honor this man when he killed scores of Zambians. To me Kaunda has never been and will never be my hero. Let him bring back simon kapwepwe. Do you remeber how the late valentine musakanya and pardon katongo were tortured? we need a truth and reconciliation commission.Many disappeared under K.K ‘s reign. God find solace but dont forgive this satanist now precahing so called love.

  12. one dictator who i believe deserved to have gone to the lord a long time but God has kept him this long so that he repent his sins.
    This tyrant brutalised my family and i ve no beta words for the devil.

    • Well, thank God you are not God. God works in mysterious ways! Who are we to speak on his behalf? I see that he keeps on blessing this man and he still wants him around and there aint no sh..t you can do about it!

  13. #MICHEAL MUSATA
    Before you lay any accusation on KK,you must not forget how many political assassinations that took place under Born Again Christian and Christian Nation preacher Fredrick Titus Jacob Chiluba(FTJ)
    1.Baldwin Nkumbula
    2.Ronald Penza
    3.Paul Tembo
    4.Richard Ngenda
    5.Wezi Kaunda
    6.Edward Shamwana
    7.Cathbert Nguni
    e.t.c
    We know who the real satanist and their disciples are.
    “Many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He!’ and will mislead many.”

    Happy Birthday KK…May the good lord bless you with many more years on this earth.

  14. My father was like many other Zambians during the 70s blacklisted by KK and he suffered as a result but in his own words before my father died he expressed that Kaunda was actually a good leader and he made his peace with KK. He even met with him several times as friends rather than someone holding a grudge. You know a lot of people come on these forums and say bad things about Kaunda because they never ate apples or drank coca cola during the 80s..how selfish they are.. I as a son of someone blacklisted by KK say Kaunda was the best thing or Leader that Zambia ever had and remember people as Jesus said..no one is perfect, KK made his mistakes but overall he was what Zambia needed. A great leader he was and is.

    • Can you and your dictator KK bring back my father from Death? Don’t fool people around, us the real victims of KK dictator’s brutality are offended for your insignificant and blatant disregard for our lost relatives because of KK.
      If your father reconciled with the dictator, well and good for you but don’t generalize your assumptions. My father and many of my relatives were brutally murdered by ungodly KK regime. So please have respect and don’t offend some of us farther because KK displaced many families. The Kaluwes of this impasse and others, are still alive today and can attest that KK dictator with his regime butchered innocent people’s lives. I have no regard to murderers pretending to be white clean yet they stained with blood.
      Respect dear, respect please!

  15. I don’t care what corpses lie in whose corridors…am just SHOCKED at the nature of things; last I saw Ol’ Grey now Peter Mazoka! Take a one goood look at that Picture and the pic of Ol’ Grey at PLM’s funeral – how YOUNG is KK? Anyway thanks fot UNZA, Libala stg 1-4 etc. Mushololwa you’ve been up-ed!!

  16. I personally dont care about what some of you people thinks about great K. For me he is more than just a hero. He fought with the whites for Zambia to attain its freedom, he helped build Zambia from the scratch and infact most of the little development we have in Zambia was attained under his rule.i cant comment much about the 1980’s suffering simply because i was young but still he deserves more respect from Zambians and southern Africa at large. Most of you will start praising him when he dies. Look at the way Namibia praises KK.

  17. ….iye…Kasanda was a private secretary to KK for 10yrs…and he is still lingering as deputy perm. sec…..???….when are the YOUTH going to take up their share kanshi……????

  18. Since when did a dictator give up power through elections? A dictator only leaves power either through death or running away for his life. Its very easy for some of you to cherry pick the things that were wrong then like shortages but did you ever ask yourselves why there were shortages? Besides why not compare and contrast, the negatives and the positives. None of you can do that because you know the positive will far out weigh the negatives. People disappear all the time anywhere in the world but that does not mean the head of state ordered it. The police can act on their own at times. Celebrate the mans birthday as the founding father. So what if none of the other heads of state came to celebrate, I dont know anyone of them that has time to travel for birtday celebrations.

    • ^^
      Face reality dear, more than 95% of Zambia did not want KK and was given an outmaneuvered to either hold democratic elections or face the wrath of the people.
      Additionally, KK the dictator is a Malawian, and if he had caused bloodshed in 1991, you wouldn’t be talking freely like you’re expressing yourself right now. There was no freedom under KK. If so, again, he would have had NO WHERE TO RUN in 1991 dear. The people were fade up with KK who at every election would stand against a FROG but in a one party state.
      It took the brave enough in the likes of MMD, Army personnel’s and the populace of Zambia to outcast the dictator KK. Some of you were not even born, or young and talking from without. KK is now a PF cadre.

  19. Kaunda did make his mistakes, but the difference is that he genuinely wanted the best for the country. Some of his policies may have later failed, but they were, like Nyerere’s, heroic failures. But again, not before he had freely educated a lot of you older bloggers and ensured that you lived healthily through his free egalitarian health service policy. Comparatively, I think Zambians had a social safety net that has not existed since. The tragedy is that he became a victim of the perennial African leadership mentality where you deem that your ‘subjects’ owe you and hence you are entitled to rule for as long as desired.

  20. FORGIVE FOR WHAT SIR?

    FREE EDUCATION?
    FREE HOSPITALIZATION?
    NO POWER OUTAGES?
    CLEAN STREETS WITH NO POTHOLES AND LIGHTS AT NIGHT?
    NATIONAL AIRLINE?
    KK 11?

  21. I was not going to make it in life if it was not for KK’s policies.Thanx Dr.Kaunda. I still remember what you said to me the day i was graduating at UNZA.Happy Birthday.

  22. Kaunda the freedom fighter.Yes the ff but not a democrat.Not an economist!The true heroes of Zambia are coming.Why link Kaunda’s 90 th birthday to Zambia’s 50 th anniversary?Ba Kasanda you make us sick!These two are distinct events please!!A lot of danderheads are at work in pf such that they forget easily what Zambia went through under Kaunda especially from 1972 to 1990.Naba Sata balilaba?Bushe ba Chambeshi epo baba?Mr Mundia,Mungoni Liso,Munakayumba Sipalo,Simon Kapwepwe etc.Who is the hero?And isnt UNIP back?Joint celebrations is a UNIP baby.They did it in 1984,when they help tripartite celebrations at huge expense to the state and now again!Ba Pf beniko serious!GOD BLESS ZAMBIA.

  23. Only if you observe what Uncle Bob is doing to Zim that’s when you will realize that KK did more good than bad to Zambia. Of course he wasn’t perfect just like any other president in the whole world, he is old now and we won’t be with him forever, the least we should do is to be friendly and supportive to him and the campaigns he is involved in. Long live KK…..Tiyende Pamodzi

  24. If u are linking kaundas birthday to our 50th anniversary then forget it,i and the whole southern province will not celebrate.

  25. STAND AND SING OF ZAMBIA PROUD AND FREE!!! MAN OF PEACE WHO STRUGGLED FOR OUR RIGHTS TO BE AN INDEPENTENT COUNTRY. THANK YOU. HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR KK

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