Zambia’s first President Kenneth Kaunda has commended the African Union (AU) for recognizing the role the country played in liberating Southern Africa.
Dr. Kaunda said people should have fear of God and his ten commandments noting that they should love God with all their hearts and to do unto others as they would want them to do unto them.
He said based on these principles, Zambia stood and still stands united for many years.
He said based on the same principles, Zambians felt compelled to help countries in the region fight for liberation.
Dr. Kaunda was speaking to journalists at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa when he arrived in Ethiopia last night.
The first republican President, who was accompanied by Minister of Justice Wynter Kabimba, was met on arrival by Zambia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia Susan Sikaneta and other officials from the Zambian embassy in that country.
He said the honour that will be conferred on him was not his alone but for all Zambians who collectively resolved to support the liberation struggle of southern Africa.
“I am grateful to them for recognizing what Zambia did during the days of struggle. They are not honouring one man, they are honouring the country and I am grateful for that,” he said.
Dr. Kaunda is this weekend expected to be honoured by the African Union for his selfless contribution to the emancipation of southern Africa.
The ceremony to honour Dr. Kaunda will be part of activities to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the AU’s existence from inception when it was called Organization of Africa Unity (OAU).
The ceremony will take place at the Millennium Hall in Addis Ababa where Dr Kaunda will also address the gathering on the topic “Back in Time”.
President Michael Sata will join other African leaders to witness the ceremony.
Dr. Kaunda is also one of the founding fathers of what used to be called the Organization of Africa Unity (OAU) which led to the liberation of the African continent.