The presidents of Ghana, Kenya, South Africa and Zimbabwe, the Commonwealth Secretary-General and UK and other foreign representatives attended the 2 July memorial service of Zambia’s first president Kenneth Kaunda who died at the age of 97 in June.
Baroness Patricia Scotland joined the tributes at the National Heroes’ Stadium in Lusaka where Dr Kaunda’s casket, draped in Zambia’s flag, was brought in by a military guard. Baroness Scotland [35 minutes into the video below] spoke of Dr Kaunda’s role as an “African statesman” in the 1960s and 70s in “building the modern Commonwealth. She said that the late president had helped in the “reshaping of the Commonwealth trajectory”.
View the tributes and memorial in the South African Broadcasting Corporation video below:
Kenneth Kaunda will be buried on 7 July.
Kenneth Kaunda: The last giant of African nationalism and benign autocrat leaves a mixed legacy – The Conversation Africa