The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Mahamat, has mourned the death of the first President of Zambia, Kenneth Kaunda, describing him as one of Africa’s finest sons.
Mahamat disclosed this in a statement titled, ‘Statement of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission on the passing of HE Kenneth Kaunda’, released on Thursday.
Kaunda was Zambia’s founding father and ruled for 27 years from 1964 after the country gained independence from Britain.
The statement read, “It is with an indescribable sense of loss that the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat learnt of the passing of H. E. Kenneth Kaunda, the first president of the Republic of Zambia and one of the Founding Fathers of the Organisation of African Unity
“Africa has lost one of its finest sons. He embodied the true sense of Pan-Africanism, placing his own country Zambia at grave risk in order to provide safe harbour for the liberation movements of Southern Africa as well as its peoples.
“His championing of the Frontline States to defeat Apartheid and white minority rule in Southern Africa laid the foundation for what we call regional integration today.
“The African Union stands in solidarity with the Kaunda family, the people and the Government of the Republic of Zambia as we mourn and honour the life of a freedom fighter, statesman, visionary and liberation struggle icon.”