KK lauds Sata’s leadership
Lusaka – It is not something that is often seen in the cutthroat world of politics: an ousted leader praising the new regime for its policies.
But that is just what Former President Dr Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia has done in his assessment of the manner in which President Michael Sata’s administration is doing things.
KK, as he is often referred to, is Zambia’s Founding President and was pushed out of the Presidency in 1991 and his UNIP formation has never regained any significant standing in the country’s politics.
What makes KK’s praise noteworthy is that President Sata was a key figure of the MMD party led by the late Frederick Chiluba that ousted him from power.
Sata was one of the more prominent members of the Chiluba administration in which he served as minister of Local Government, Labour and then briefly Health.
Sata left the MMD in 2001 when Chiluba handpicked the late Levy Mwanawasa as his preferred successor, and went on to form the Patriotic Front, eventually landing the Presidency in last year’s general election.
After a meeting with Seychelles Founding President, Sir James Mancham, in Lusaka on June 12, KK said President Sata had done a good job since assuming office in September 2011.
“The current President and his team are doing a wonderful job. I think some of us recognise that,” said the 88-year-old.
With his trademark smile, KK accepted his nomination by Sir James for the 2012 International Gusi Peace Prize for Statesmanship.
Sir James was awarded the 2011 International Gusi Peace Prize for Statesmanship.
He justified his choice of KK saying the organisers had asked him to nominate an eminent former African leader for the 2012 award.
Sir James was in Zambia to attend the COMESA meetings as part of the Council of Elders.
“Africa and the world hold Kaunda in high esteem. Africa and the world remember your immense contribution to development and freedom on the continent. Thank you for what you did for the younger countries,” he said.
KK, the Zambian independence hero, was instrumental in the liberation struggle that culminated in the liberation of several countries in Southern African like Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa.
Sir James bemoaned current conflicts in Africa, saying money spent on armaments should be going towards fighting poverty.
He called on Africans to resolve their differences amicably and avoid wasting resources on arms at the expense of their “needing masses” who lack food, medicine and other essentials.