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Happy 51st independence : One Zambia, One Nation!

Happy 51st independence : One Zambia, One Nation!

Kenneth Kaunda is one of the greatest leaders of Africa. These are the thoughts of many, not only in Zambia. Kenneth David Kaunda, also known as KK, served as the first President of Zambia, from 1964 to 1991. Kaunda is the youngest of eight children born to an ordained Church of Scotland missionary and teacher.

The current Minister of  Tourism for neighboring Zimbabwe, Walter Mzembi, who is also running to become the next Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization, reflected on his visit to neighboring Zambia on the occasion of the 51st anniversary of Zambia as a nation last week.

Mr. Mzembi posted to his Facebook:

It was humbling and a great honor to spend part of Saturday last week – October 17 th in the company of this great son of Africa, a liberator par excellence and one of the few Statesman who sponsored a Governing Philosophy- HUMANISM.

In my chat with him as we walked to grace my first son’s wedding at the TAJ in Lusaka I shared with him my thoughts on ” Legacy “- that the greatest legacy a man can leave behind is not buildings, stadia, airports, or put simply material things or constructions etc, but a Philosophy that enables millions of followers to plant such things. Christianity I submitted was the Legacy of Jesus Christ which billions follow today yet it’s sponsor had no palaces, chariots, horses, let alone of fixed abode.. I further shared that the gold, silver and diamonds accumulated by King Solomon, the Great Temple of gold , stones and cedar had no trace but what has outlived him are his philosophies: Proverbs, etc, David it’s his Psalms, etc.

Humanism for those not in the know was an Ideology conceived by KK which was some form of African Socialism which blended traditional African values with Western Socialist and Christian values. It was declared National ideology in 1967. It was an “attempt to rescue ore-colonial values and traditions of communal living as the basis to build the modern state hinged on native tenets”

Zambian Humanism believed in the supremacy of God giving rise to the Constitutionally declared Christian State it is today. It shouldn’t surprise anyone therefore to see current President Lungu declaring last week’s 18 th October: A day of National Repetence, Forgiveness Prayer and Fasting: that being a preamble to seeking solutions to the Nation’s economic challenges.

Having been a student myself from 1983-7, in Zambia I align a lot with this thinking and today is equally a special day for me , KK had a bearing on “Mzembi Thoughts”- my own belief system which I have periodically shared and which largely constitutes my a personal brand today.

Happy Independence !

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