President Edgar Lungu has today honored and awarded First Republican President Kenneth Kaunda as Zambia’s Founding Father along with his first ever Cabinet.President Lungu made the honors during the investiture ceremony at State House in Lusaka today to mark the commemorations of the Africa Freedom Day.
This year’s Africa Freedom Day is being celebrated under the theme “Celebrating 50 years of our existence and laying a foundation for social economic transformation”.
During the citation for Zambia’s first President for the 50th independence anniversary first ever special single class golden jubilee, it was disclosed that Dr. Kenneth Kaunda made outstanding and selfless contribution to the freedom struggle for mother Zambia.The Citation was presented during the investiture ceremony by President Lungu’s Principal Private Secretary, Francis Chalabesa.
Mr. Chalabesa further cited that President Kaunda vigorously advocated for the Northern Rhodesia African National Congress motto of non-violence as they spoke on behalf of Africans in rural and urban areas.He further quoted that President Kaunda contributed to the submission of petitions of Rhodesia and Nyasaland and resisted the European settler’s ambition for federation of Rhodesia.
Mr. Chalabesa added that the unwavering contribution to the freedom struggle saw Dr. Kaunda elected as Northern Rhodesia African National Congress Secretary General, a move which saw the emergence of young radicals under his leadership stir the Northern Rhodesia African National Congress.He added that Dr. Kaunda led the radical militants that reacted to the Northern Rhodesia government’s draconian measures, by splitting from the Northern Rhodesia African National Congress.
Those honored and awarded are Reuben Kamanga who served as Vice President, Arthur Wina who served as Minister of Finance, Dingiswayo Banda as Minister of Housing and Social Development, Elijah Mudenda, as Minister of Agriculture.
Others are Grey Zulu as Transport and Works, John Mwanakatwe as Minister of Education, Mainza Chona served as Minister of Home Affairs, Munukayumbwa Sipalo as Minister of Health and Nalumino Mundia as Minister of Commerce and Industry.
Others are Mr. Peter Matoka as Information and Postal Services, Sikota Wina, as Minister for Local government and housing, Simon Kapwepwe as Minister of Home Affairs and Simon Kalulu as Minister of Lands and Works.
Only Dr. Kenneth Kaunda, Grey Zulu and Sikota Wina are alive and were present to receive their awards while the rest were honored posthumously and their respective family representatives received the awards.