Former Dictator, KK, Celebrates 90th Birthday
First Republican president Kenneth Kaunda has marked his 90th birthday by appreciating all the people who have contributed in shaping his life from his childhood through to the time he ascended to the presidency in 1964.
Speaking during the interdenominational thanksgiving service to commemorate his 90th birthday at the Anglican Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Dr Kaunda also appreciated his late wife Mama Betty Kaunda for her contribution to his life. He was married for 66-years until her death.
Dr Kaunda, a fallen dictator who ruled Zambia for 27 years under a one-party rule until popular revolt lead to multi-party elections, says though Mama Betty is late, her contribution to his life, family, Zambia and the world at large lives on.
Dr Kaunda adds that even as the country celebrates 50-years of independence, it is a known fact that Mama Betty Kaunda was a contributor to what Zambia has become.
And Dr Kaunda says in his 90-years; one of his greatness lessons has been that he is not alone, but that God has been there for him.
He has since thanked God for seeing him through and the people of Zambia for being there for him.
And Republic President Michael Sata has hailed Dr Kaunda’s political life, describing it as one premised on his staunch desire and belief for national unity and national building.
President Sata says such staunch desire and belief is attested to by the heroic sacrifice which Dr. Kaunda and other gallant men and women made to ensure Zambians are emancipated both politically and economically.
In a speech read for him by Labour Minister Fackson Shamenda, President Sata notes that even in his retirement Dr. Kaunda’s passion for national unity and building have never been quenched.
The Head of State says such attributes that Dr. Kaunda exhibits are what all Zambians regardless of age, tribe race or creed should aspire to and strive to achieve within the foreseeable future.