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KK meeting his former Statehouse employees in Pictures

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FIRST Republican President, Kenneth Kaunda yesterday met more than 30 former employees of State House that worked under his administration.

Dr Kaunda was impressed and proud of the employees for coming together which made him feel rejuvenated and that it made him realise that he was 90 years younger.

The former Head of State encouraged the group of his former employees to continue cooperating for many more years to come so that they too can reach the 90 year milestone.

“I feel this has never happened to any of the retired President in this country and I am humbled to have received a gathering of this kind with amazing performances. I am humbled and this is causing me to shade tears,” he said.

The event was characterised by a thunderous welcome from the former State House workers that sang Happy Birthday songs.

The 32 former State House workers who consisted of former Principal Private Secretaries, Private Secretaries, Secretaries and House Keepers among various positions met as one of the activities to commemorate his 90th Birthday in Lusaka yesterday.

Notable among them were State House, former Principal Private Secretary, Sianga Shimabale, Principal Personal Secretary to the President, Elizabeth Mweemba, Special assistant political, Mark Chona, Special assistant for Press, Beatwell Chisala and Mable Milimo also Special assistant for Press.

Dr Kaunda later asked for his guitar and sang one of his favourite liberation struggle song titled ‘Tulelila Icalo’.

The former employees presented assorted gifts among them a Bible as a way to encourage Dr Kaunda to live with the word of God, a picture of him teeing off at a golf tournament symbolising how he took time off his busy schedule to play a round of golf with his symbolic white handkerchief.

Mr Shimabale described Dr Kaunda as a peaceful man who was accomodative to all employees even the lowest ranked.

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Former State House workers sing a birthday song for First Republican President Kenneth Kaunda (right) at his Kabulonga office in Lusaka
Former State House workers sing a birthday song for First Republican
President Kenneth Kaunda (right) at his Kabulonga office in Lusaka

2.

First Republican President Kenneth Kaunda (right) shakes hands with his former Personal Secretary Gloria Sleep when former State House workers visited him at his Kabulonga office in Lusaka
First Republican President Kenneth Kaunda (right) shakes hands with
his former Personal Secretary Gloria Sleep when former State House
workers visited him at his Kabulonga office in Lusaka

3.

First Republican President Kenneth Kaunda (right) shakes hands with his former Senior Principal Private Secretary SiangaShimabale when former State House workers visited him at his Kabulonga office in Lusaka
First Republican President Kenneth Kaunda (right) shakes hands with
his former Senior Principal Private Secretary SiangaShimabale when
former State House workers visited him at his Kabulonga office in
Lusaka

4.

First Republican President Kenneth Kaunda (right) receives a birthday present from his former Personal Secretary Margaret Chabu when former State House workers visited him at his Kabulonga office in Lusaka
First Republican President Kenneth Kaunda (right) receives a birthday
present from his former Personal Secretary Margaret Chabu when former
State House workers visited him at his Kabulonga office in Lusaka

5.

Former State House workers sing a birthday song for First Republican President Kenneth Kaunda at his Kabulonga office in Lusaka
Former State House workers sing a birthday song for First Republican
President Kenneth Kaunda at his Kabulonga office in Lusaka

6.

First Republican President Kenneth Kaunda (right) with white handkerchief) poses for a photograph with former State House workers who visited him at his Kabulonga office in Lusaka
First Republican President Kenneth Kaunda (right) with white
handkerchief) poses for a photograph with former State House workers
who visited him at his Kabulonga office in Lusaka

7.

First Republican President Kenneth Kaunda sings with his guitar when former State House workers visited him at his Kabulonga office in Lusaka
First Republican President Kenneth Kaunda sings with his guitar when
former State House workers visited him at his Kabulonga office in
Lusaka

8.

First Republican President Kenneth Kaunda (right) shakes hands with his former Personal Secretary Gloria Sleep when former State House workers visited him at his Kabulonga office in Lusaka
First Republican President Kenneth Kaunda (right) shakes hands with
his former Personal Secretary Gloria Sleep when former State House
workers visited him at his Kabulonga office in Lusaka

28 COMMENTS

  1. Kano alimba mudala. May God continue keeping him on earth so he can eventually see how he should have been ruling the country. I pray that he be there in 2016 and beyond and hope he can enjoy the last months with Sata. Amen!

    • The event would never have taken place if HH was the president

      Another reason to let president Sata continue at the helm

      Thanks

    • In life respecting and honouring parents is a blessing. We thank God for using President Sata to restore the respect we lost for our dear KK. We insulted him and called him all kinds of names as a thief.Who has never stolen? which president has never or will never steal? the anser is none. Now that this old man has found peace in this country and has forginess us for treating him rudely, God will forgive this counrty and more blessings awaits this counrty, blessing of oil being discovered are just a stone throw. To God be the Glory. Happy birthday KK.

  2. Nice and good for KK, but some former workers look so young, how old where they 23 years ago then? especially in the last picture? just an observation

  3. Hate him or love no one can take away the fact that Kaunda was a true leader who carried himself with dignity and was revered and respected by Zambians and people around the world. I remember as a kid lining up the streets with my school mates and being on top of the world just because he waved at us(with his white hanky). I doubt Sata stirs such feelings among the young people today.I’ve met old British and Indian men who talk highly of Kaunda. I once got a discount in a shop abroad just because the shop owner fondly remembered Kaunda. Long live KK…

    • U are spot on,I have met shop owners if Indian,British and south Africa who are always happy whenever I visits their shops,always praises to kk and the Zambians of old generation for their sacrifice in the liberation struggle.it gives me pride as a Zambian

  4. In life respecting and honouring parents is a blessing. We thank God for using President Sata to restore the respect we lost for our dear KK. We insulted him and called him all kinds of names as a thief.Who has never stolen? which president has never or will never steal? the anser is none. Now that this old man has found peace in this country and has forginess us for treating him rudely, God will forgive this counrty and more blessings awaits this counrty, blessing of oil being discovered are just a stone throw. To God be the Glory. Happy birthday KK.

  5. Who was engaged to do the painting of offices for the former head of state? (Pictures 2,3 and 8.) The finishing is pathetic to say the least! It sends a bad picture out there.

  6. ,,,,,,and typical of KK I am very certain that these workers came from different tribes and parts of Zambia. There was no single Zambian language at State House or at High Commissions and Embassies. English as Zambia’s official language of communication was respected. You were not subjected to cibemba without finding out whether you spoke/understood it or not as became the case under the late FTJ (MHSRIP) and the current President. I am not saying the respective Heads of State were/are responsible for this backward mentality. Not at all. It is the cheap mentality of some Zambians especially party cadres/tribalists to think we should all speak the language of the tribe of the President. That shuts out a large portion of the Zambian population.

  7. It appears this party will never end. Is he celebrating in arrears for the years he was blacked out by Chiluba.

    • It is a 90 year celebration. It is not an easy age to get to. I believe he deserves to celebrate it for the rest of the year if he likes.

  8. Ahhhhhh…now this is irritating me!!!!!!! Another slow news day at the LT. Strange that LT still want to cling on to evil Kaunda for eternity, in the world full of events. Come on, MOVE ON!!

  9. It seems NOW that there is a a calculated move to paint K.K as a good man,but alas,us who lived in the 60,70, 80 and 90S don’t remember him as such!Don’t believe me?Ask the people who were under his rule ,it was hectic-worst form of government ever!! Ask yourself why they are trying hard NOW to paint him as a good man.I go against all odd!

  10. Ba Tata
    Thank you for being a gift not only to the Zambian nation, but also to the Africa Continent and beyond. Our nation is peaceful because you spoke unity all the time. We will always cherish your sacrifices made in every facet of our nation. Be blessed as you celebrate your 90th Birthday. May you see and experience a few more years a head. With love.

  11. Dont forget that it was RB who restored KK’s dignity. He sent him to England Buckingham Palace to represent the country. Problem is KK wanted more.

  12. The old man deserves it….he was not perfect but he managed where others would have totally failed big time. Stay strong and may HIM bless you.
    On the other side of the story…PF seems to be using the old man so much for their own wanting. Just my thought though.

  13. I was never aware that such a large number could be employed at the state house alone bearing in mind the possibility that many more were not at this function. I wonder how many work for Sata at state house currently.

  14. Former heads of states are accorded respect all over the world and KK should not be an exception.Some Zambian administration persecuted him.But then,that is what Zambian politics seem to be all about.We always wait until you step down from the chair and fabricate a case against you.Not true?
    KK,like any other person,is but human and may have made mistakes here and there but he still is a very respected stateman.I have heard of a municipality in the Free State province of RSA that is named after him.He did and have done a lot for Zambia and the southern Africa region.That is a fact!

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