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EFF on Kenneth Kaunda: ‘He never stole from his government’

The EFF has joined other political parties in reacting to the death of former Zambian president Kenneth Kaunda, who passed away at age 97

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The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has added its voice to those paying tribute to the passing of Zambia’s former president, Kenneth Kaunda, hailing his leadership of the country since it gained liberation.

“The EFF is saddened by the passing of Dr. Kenneth Kaunda, the former President of Zambia. We send our heartfelt condolences to the government and people of Zambia, especially his family,” said the EFF’s Vuyani Pambo in a statement.

“Former President Kaunda leaves us behind having lived a happy 97 years. He will be best remembered as the only leader of a sovereign state in the world who granted headquarters to all liberation movements of colonised African states.”

Kaunda died at the age of 97 on Thursday, 17 June 2021. He had been admitted to a military hospital in the capital Lusaka, just several days prior.

He was the country’s first president since it gained independence and led it from 1964 until 1991.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has since declared a 10-day mourning period starting on Friday – and flags will be flown at half-mast.

The EFF’s tribute to Kenneth Kaunda

The EFF has further hailed Kaunda for preaching peace and condemning tribalism which was perpetuated by politicians.

“An astute statesman amongst a few former heads of states who never forsaken his nation nor stole from his government,” Pambo said.

“The white handkerchief has retired, a great poet, author and singer sleeps to wakeup no more. Goodnight President. Tiyende Pamodzi. May your soul find peace and rest in power, Son of Africa!”

Vuyani Pambo, EFF spokesperson

Kaunda – who is affectionately known by his initials KK, was removed from power, in the wake of the southern African nation’s first multi-party elections.

Kaunda was the leader of the United National Independence Party (UNIP), which led the country’s liberation movement, and the last remaining founding member of the Organisation of African Unity, a predecessor of African Union (AU).

Zambia has declared 21 days of mourning for Kaunda.