Kenneth Kaunda: Last of African freedom fighters is gone - Obasanjo mourns


Former Nigerian President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has disclosed that the death of Kenneth Kaunda marks the end to the list of African freedom fighters on earth.

Obasanjo described the late Zambian President as “one of the pioneers who led the struggles for the decolonisation of the African continent.”

It was said that Kaunda and others like him fought and received the instrument of independence from the colonial masters in Africa.

The former President said this in a statement, describing as sad, the news of a man he called “a founding father of Zambia.”

Obasanjo appealed to all Africans and her friends to take solace in the fact that President Kaunda has gone home to what he termed a well-deserved rest.

He expressed confidence that the late African leader would “proudly take his place beside his fellow African brothers such as Jomo Kenyatta of Kenya, Habib Bourguiba of Tunisia, Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, Léopold Sédar Senghor of Senegal, Nnamdi Azikiwe of Nigeria, Félix Houphouët-Boigny of Côte d’Ivoire, Ahmed Sékou Touré of Guinea, Patrice Lumumba of Congo, Julius Nyerere of Tanzania, Nelson Mandela of South Africa and others.”

He added that “all of them, without exception, were nationalists who made sacrifices in diverse ways.”

He condoled with President Edgar Lungu, the government and the people of the Republic of Zambia.

Saga Gist reports that Kaunda died Thursday at the age of 97.

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