President Museveni has hailed former Zambian leader, Kenneth Kaunda for his contribution in fighting for Africa’s independence.

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Kenneth Kaunda, 97 died on Thursday(Reuters photo)

Kaunda,97 , who was Zambia’s founding president and liberation hero died on Thursday at a military hospital in the country’s capital Lusaka where he was being treated for pneumonia.

Speaking about the death, Museveni reminisced the contribution days of the struggle for freedom and liberation of the Southern Africa countries that Kaunda participated in.

“Mzee KK, as he was fondly called, made big contribution in his life. He fought for Zambia’s independence and he made a big contribution to the freedom struggle of the liberation of the subcontinent of Southern Africa,” Museveni said in his condolence message.

“Here, I am referring to the liberation of: Mozambique, Angola, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Namibia. In the late 60’s, for instance, I remember he enabled FRELIMO to open the third front in Tete Pronvince of Mozambique.”

Museveni said Kaunda’s name will always be remembered in Africa for his great contribution.

Here is Museveni’s message in full;

I have learnt with shock of the death of our elder, Mzee Kenneth Kaunda.

Although God has blessed him with many years of life, departing at 97 years, since his brain was still sharp, we could have had more years of his wisdom.

Nevertheless, Mzee KK, as he was fondly called, made big contribution in his life. He fought for Zambia’s independence and he made a big contribution to the freedom struggle of the liberation of the subcontinent of Southern Africa.

Here, I am referring to the liberation of: Mozambique, Angola, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Namibia.

In the late 60’s, for instance, I remember he enabled FRELIMO to open the third front in Tete Pronvince of Mozambique.

This was in addition to the active Fronts of Cabo Delgado and Niassa which took the fight to the rear of the Portuguese colonialists and had a decisive impact in the defeat of the Portuguese in 1974.

Lusaka had representation from most of the Liberation movements in Southern Africa.

He also welcomed Ugandan exiles, when we were fighting the dictatorship of Idi Amin. Many Ugandans got jobs and education in Zambia when they ran out of Uganda.

Therefore, in his long life, Mzee Kaunda made his contribution to the freedom of Africa.

I salute his contribution and I salute his memory. May His soul rest in eternal peace.

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