Zambia’s ambassador to Ethiopia, who is also Permanent Representative to the African Union Emmanuel Mwamba in the middle

Zambia’s ambassador to Ethiopia, who is also Permanent Representative to the African Union (AU) Emmanuel Mwamba expressed gratitude to SADC Ambassadors who are supporting his call that Dr. Kenneth Kaunda is increasingly recognized by the African Union for his role in the liberation of Southern and Africa as a whole.

He said that Dr. Kaunda’s name is absent in halls, buildings, pictures displayed and other paraphernalia at the African Union Headquarters.

He said until history was properly recorded, names of great heroes that have made immense contributions like Dr. Kaunda would go into oblivion.

And the AU has noted Zambia’s founder president and Africa’s foremost statesman, Dr Kenneth Kaunda for his lifetime commitment to Africa’s liberation.

During the celebrations to mark Africa Day, and led by the African Union Deputy Chairperson Kwesi Querty, the Africa Union noted that President Kenneth Kaunda and Zambia contributed immensely to the freedom and independence attained by Africa.

A special Happy Birthday song to mark the 95th Birthday Anniversary for Dr. Kaunda was sung by the African Union choir at a ceremony held in the Nelson Mandela Hall.

The AU also recognized that President Kaunda was the only founding president of the African Union (OAU the fore runner to AU) who was still alive.

A special slot was also allocated for Dr. Kaunda to address the Meeting through video conference.

Earlier, the Africa Union inaugurated the Memorial Wall that lists all fallen heroes that paid the ultimate sacrifice in armed conflicts that the African Union Peace Mission have been involved in to bring Peace across Africa.

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  1. Can’t be true naiwe Emmanuel, check properly. KK’s name should be on top, try to step back, you will see it.

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    • I Cant believe as well….kindly check properly…maybe some curtains are disturbing the view.others what is AU without KK Honestly?

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    • History frames identity…..so we can’t wait for KK to die in order to be recognized…that is ridiculous.
      Mwamba, on this one, I am with you and get KK`s name there.
      Whoever is saying this not a priority or this has no economical benefit, ni ma labish chabe

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    • IT SHOULD BE TRUE, I recall that when Given Lubinda was Foreign Affairs Minister he raised this issue too.The problem in Africa is that we magnify wrongs and forget all positives,you may find that the persons who made the decision to ignore KK might have just been fixated on a small difference they might have had…just thinking.

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    • Kenneth Kaunda is an African hero. If Zambia had acted like Malawi and Botswana these countries: Mozambique South Africa Zimbabwe Angola Namibia would probably be still fighting liberation wars. Zambia should be acknowledged and given a high place in African history

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    • The last paragraph of the article says “Earlier, the Africa Union inaugurated the Memorial Wall that lists all fallen heroes that paid the ultimate sacrifice……”
      KAUNDA IS NOT YET FALLEN – THE KEY WORD HERE IS FALLEN HEROES.
      KAUNDA’S NAME WILL BE PUT ON TOP ONLY WHEN HE IS GONE.
      Most African countries name buildings, roads etc. of sitting presidents; they even use photos of sitting presidents on their currency. But most developed nations reserve that honour until these heroes are departed. I WOULDN’T IMAGINE SEEING OBAMA’S PHOTO ON THE US DOLLAR WHILST HE IS ALIVE.

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  2. Instead of going there to work on building economic partnerships to benefit Zambians this fat cockroach is busy touring the buildings looking at photos. I understand when my Swiss wife says that most Zambians problems is a lack of sense of priority.

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  3. Instead of going there to work on building economic partnerships to benefit Zambians this fat mbeba is busy touring the buildings looking at photos. I understand when my Swiss wife says that most Zambians problems is a lack of sense of priority.

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    • N.E.Z. I think your wife saw it in you only. So do not extrapolate that to mean whole Zambia ok.

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    • It seems the reading culture has gone down the drain, since PF took over. I say this because my post specficially states that my wonderful wife used the term “most zambians” and not all zambians. Please read my post again and then comment.

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  4. “…The AU also recognized that President Kaunda was the only founding president of the African Union (OAU the fore runner to AU) who was still alive…”

    Maybe they only display your name after you die ……..silly

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  5. Ambassador Mwamba Your Excellency is rightly worried, coming from Zambia where everything is now about establishing the new “founding father” Michael Chilufya Sata.

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  6. By the way, how about Trib.al Hacks, did Mwamba see his name? If not, that must be a big omission considering how many losses he has endured in a vain attempt to reside at plot one. Tragedy is that he cannot see thathis chances were permanently curtailed in 2006 because of the trib.al birth of his political career.
    You can’t say its time for my trib.e to rule and expect to be elected President in Zambia when you have refused to attend the National Dialogue Forum where you could amend the Constitution to allow trib.al rotation. Kikikikikikiki….

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    • @7, you don’t feel good unless you mention HH. You are so consumed by him. Sir/madam, there is more to life than HH!

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    • This chap gets erections when he mentions HH …….I am sure the name HH is his viagra…..

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    • @upnd cadre, try to be serious, your are not as ba as you feel. Your colleagues are raising serious issues related to brand Zambia, you choose to be flippant. What has HH done to you, which you can’t get over or is it your business model? After HH who will go for?

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    • Once you’re diagnosed with a virus called upnd your brain is retarded. You can’t separate nonsense from sense. No wonder an aborigine working in New Zealand thinks his wife knows Zambians better.

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  7. If Zambia happily takes part in AU celebrations without KKs recognition then we are also compromised. At least he was given a chance for a video address, but is that enough?
    On one hand, Zambia should not be left alone to fight for this recognition. Beneficiaries of KK’s efforts should raise their voices louder! On the other hand, how much are we as Zambians fighting for this recognition? If we have made the evident effort then we can take a stand not take part in activities that exclude recognition of Zambia’s efforts and suffering to liberate Africa.

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  8. N.E.Z. you are crazy ???????? how could you? “Instead of going there to work on building economic partnerships to benefit Zambians this fat mbeba is busy touring the buildings looking at photos.”

    This is my first post ever!! My ribs are cracking am suffocating… you are silly…some of you guys, Eish!

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    • lady democrat, it is very true. He is like the guy at school who couldnt read and so he just viewed the pictures to try and deduce a story of what was going on. And if the teacher asked him to read out loud, it was all comedy of errors .

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  9. So Au decides to honour Mandela not Kaunda who liberated him at a high cost. This au is trully a moko moko useless corrupt grouping. They can keep their good for nothing so called honours, KKs legacy dont need au endorsement.

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  10. AU is run by west Africans and francophone countries. KK doesn’t fit in any of those two

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    • Exactly, I have had the view that the AU has been held back by West Africa ( Francophones included ) due to the fact that they are not entirely free. Other African nations need to step up and challenge for a modernized AU that seeks Justice, peace, economical freedom and God’s gift of civil and unabridged human rights.

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  11. Southern African need to increase the number of personnel that work at that Secretariat and nor east and west affricans who over the years have shown lack of seriousness to the African image but turn into a place to shield many dictators who were ruling west Africa

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  12. Mandela is easily recognised because the Whites liked him and marketed him. The whites hated the black mamba as they called our KK. The blacks that run AU can only parot what is loved by the Whiteness.

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    • True @ Matumbo
      Whites liked and marketed Mandela because he did not “sort them out” after prison. What did Mandela fundamentally change for blacks in RSA or the African continent? Zelch !! Yes that entire building should be named KK AU HQ
      The mistake we made was not to Bill these countries we helped after they got their independence, the way the USA billed Europe after helping them during WWII. That way would not bother whether a hall at the AU is named after our former president ….as long as they paid our liberation invoices

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    • Mulenga Tembo and Matumbo, well said. That is exactly were we messed up. We paid for the liberation of people that do not even give us a thank you. Even look down on us like we didn’t use our resources and reserves to allow them to feel liberation.

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  13. It has been my astute observation that when you help an African today, that very person might rob you or kill you tomorrow. What am I saying in short? KK is not recognised or celebrated by the so called neighbouring countries he helped liberate because as Africans we think “ninyaule forever”as my bro Petersen would say. Even in our own country, we have not afforded KK’s name the gravitas it really deserves because we are an entitled lot who think independence was handed to us on a silver platter. I am proposing a documentary series on Zambia’s independence struggle so that our hero/s can be rightlfully canonised. We can fund it as citizens.

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  14. Mwamba you must check if Mobutu’s, Kamuzu’s, Mugabe’s and Amin’s names are listed, and then you can start asking.

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  15. The OAU was founded in Addis Ababa Ehiopia by thirty-two independent African countries on May 25, 1963, and it became operational on September 13, 1963, when the OAU Charter, its basic constitutional document, camw into force. Zambia was by then still called Northern Rhodesia and it became independent the following year and only became a member on 16 December 1964. Those pictures Mwamba saw are of the OAU founder presidents, among whom Mr Kaunda is not a member. Anyway, I would not expect someone with a journalist diploma from Evelyn Horn to understand that history, its way above him.

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  16. If Mr Mwamba wants to see Mr Kaunda’s name on buildings etc, he maybe should go to Shambalakale, Lubwa Mission or SADC.

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  17. Maybe Kaunda was not founding President of OAU but Kaunda and Zambias material and moral contribution to liberation ranks very high in Africa.KK took this very personally, meeting to convince key western states. Country paid high price in lost opportunities to develop while other Africans including so called founding states contrived mere lip support. AU half hearted effort on KK and Zambia is in bad faith and a betrayal. Let them keep their corrupt arcolades.

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  18. Hate him or love him Kaunda deserves to have his name inscribed in the main auditorium of the AU. That hall must be called Kenneth kaunda hall.

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