EDITORIAL | Many African countries owe their freedom to Kenneth Kaunda
Believing his nation could not be free if others weren’t, the former Zambian leader made sacrifices in his country
Not many leaders possess the clarity of political thought and the precision necessary for action that Kenneth Kaunda had. His demise on Thursday was a loss not just for the people of Zambia, but Africa at large.
The former Zambian president, with his comrades, believed in pursuing peace to free the people of that country, then known as Northern Rhodesia, from the yoke of colonialism. He could have closed Zambia’s borders and focused on improving its economy, as many urge SA to do today. However, he sought freedom, peacefully, beyond his country.
He was among a few on the subcontinent who openly defied armed Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), South West Africa (Namibia) and apartheid SA to create headquarters for political parties fighting for freedom across the region. His country’s capital, Lusaka, became, at his instigation, a citadel of Africa’s yearning for freedom. ..