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.