AU Extols KK on Africa Day

The African Union (AU) has recognized 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 His Excellency Kwesi Querty, the Africa Union noted that Dr Kaunda and Zambia contributed immensely to the freedom and independence attained by Africa.

A special birthday song to mark Dr Kaunda’s 95th birth anniversary was sang by the African Union choir at a ceremony held in the Nelson Mandela Hall.

The AU also recognized that Dr Kaunda was the only founding president of the African Union (then called the Organisation of African Union) who was still alive.

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

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

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

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

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.


  1. m.mwambilwa

    KK is a hero for the whole of Africa. Congratulations for the recognation.

  2. Herv Rena

    We join the AU in congratulating this great legend of African history.KK is behind many southern African countries.He used nonviolent means of sharp eloquent speaches and emotional weeping. May the lord see beyond a100 yes.

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