World leaders and international organisations have continued to convey their messages of condolences to His Excellency Dr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia following the passing on of Zambia ‘s first President His Excellency Dr. Kenneth David Kaunda.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth Il said: “I was greatly saddened to receive news of the death of Kenneth Kaunda.”
The British Monarch observes that during and after his presidency, Dr. Kaunda worked tirelessly for the good of the Zambian people and that his regional leadership in maintaining Zambia as a bastion against apartheid had earned him a place in history.
The Queen says she will always remember their meetings and the warmth that Dr. Kaunda felt for the Commonwealth.
President Xi Jinping of China pays tribute to Dr. Kaunda whom he recognises as a founder of the China-Zambia relations as well as a good friend and old friend of the Chinese people. “l still clearly recalled when I had a meeting and talked with him, and I was deeply moved by his sincere friendship with China. ”
His Majesty King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia, says he received the news about the demise of Dr. Kenneth Kaunda with utmost sadness. “We would like to express to Your Excellency, the deceased’s family and your friendly people our deep condolences and sincere words of comfort.”
Saudi Arabia Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud says: “I would like to express to Your Excellency and the entire deceased’s family utmost condolences and sincere words of comfort in this regard.”
United Arab Emirates President Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan writes: “We received with great sadness and sorrow the news of the death of His Excellency Dr. Kenneth Kaunda, the former President of the Republic of Zambia.”
United Arab Emirates Vice-President Mohammed bin Rashed Al Maktoum who is also Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of United Arab Emirates Armed Forces Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan also sent messages of condolences.
And President of Nicaragua Mr. Daniel Ortega Saavedra said with all the love, great respect and recognition, the people of Nicaragua bid farewell to their Revolutionary Friend, Independence Leader and First President of Zambia, Dr. Kenneth Kaunda.
“We remember, and will always remember, our beautiful visit to his Motherland, and the Evolutionary Expressions of Solidarity of Leader Kaunda and his People, towards the Brave Struggle of the Nicaraguan people,” read part of the message.
Czech Republic President Miloš Zeman says Kenneth Kaunda was one of the most unwavering opponents of colonialism and racial segregation, making an indelible mark on the world history of the 20th Century.
The Czech Republic President remembers Dr. Kaunda of having “loudly condemned the occupation of Czechoslovakia by the armies of the Soviet bloc in the year 1968. “Believing in his ideas, he stood up for citizens of a beleaguered country, for which he deserves our gratitude. On behalf of Czech citizens and myself let me express deepest condolences to you and to the presidential family.”
President of Cuba Miguel Diaz-Canel expressed heartfelt condolences to President Lungu and the Kaunda family and described Dr. Kaunda as a historical friend of Cuba.
Meanwhile, Former President of Mozambique and Chairman of the Forum for Former African Heads of State and Government (Africa Forum) Joaquim Chissano says in this time of grief, the thirty-six Former African Heads of State and Government and other institutions remember their dear brother KK as an African leader, who held up high the torch of independence and democratic changes not only in Zambia but throughout all Southern Africa.
Mr. Chissano writes: “It is our commitment that no matter how difficult the track to achieving a full independence and prosperity is, we shall not let the youth of Africa lose direction for we will continue his call for “Tiyende Pamodzi Ndimutima Umodzi.”
Peking University Centre for African Studies Director Associate Professor Liu Haifang said: “We are deeply saddened to hear the passing of your beloved founding father President Kenneth Kaunda, “KK.”
The Tony Elumelu Foundation Founder Tony Elumelu said the foundation will remember President Kaunda for his leadership role in the Zambian independence agitation while also supporting the numerous African independence movements occurring almost simultaneously across the continent, as well as his pivotal leadership in the fight against Apartheid in Southern Africa and his unflinching dedication to the socio-economic development of Zambia and its people.
Head of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Martin Schulz said Dr. Kaunda will be remembered as a leader of a sovereign nation who granted headquarters to many liberation movements of colonised African states and treated liberation movements with solidarity, equality and great respect for all.
“We at FES also fondly remember the meeting between D. Kenneth Kaunda and the then Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany Willy Brandt in Germany in 1970. The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung opened its office in Zambia in the mid-sixties, shortly after independence under his supervision, and has since then pursued its vision to promote the core ideas and values of social democracy in Zambia – equality, freedom, social justice and solidarity, in which Dr. Kaunda believed. The Foundation considers it a great privilege and honour to have worked with Dr. Kenneth Kaunda and his government.”
And Chairman of the Africa Scout Committee Victor Atipagah and World Organisation of the Scout Movement Regional Director Frederic Kama-Kama in a joint message of condolences, says they were deeply saddened by the news of the passing on of Dr. Kaunda, who was honoured as Chief Scout in 1965 in Kitwe at a Scout Day event.
This is according to a statement issued by Special Assistant to the President Press and Public Relations Mr. Isaac Chipampe.
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