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Five former African presidents will visit Zambia’s first President Kenneth Kaunda in late April to celebrate his 95th birthday, one of the leaders said on Tuesday.
Former Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano, said the leaders will visit Kaunda, whose birthday falls on April 28, under the auspices of the African Forum, an informal network of former African leaders and other African leaders designed to support the broad-based objectives of the African Union (AU).
Chissano, current chair of the African Forum, disclosed the information when he paid a courtesy call on Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa Emmanuel Mwamba, said a statement.
The Zambian High Commission in Pretoria said the delegation of former presidents is expected to be in Zambia on April 28, on Dr Kaunda birthday.
“The five former leaders, who are part of the African Forum, have confirmed their travel plans to the Zambian High Commission in Pretoria. They include 79-year-old former president of Mozambique, Joaquim Alberto Chisano, who will be leading the delegation; 78-year-old former Malawian president, Bakili Muluzi; 93-year-old former president of Tanzania, Ali Hassan Mwinyi; Botswana’s 79-year-old former president Festus Gontebanye Mogae; and Namibia’s 82-year-old Hifkipunye Lucas Pohamba,” according to a statement issued by first secretary press at the Zambian mission in Pretoria, Naomi Nyawali.
Outgoing High Commissioner to South Africa, Emmanuel Mwamba, said the visit would be a historic and a symbolic recognition of Dr Kaunda’s great contributions to the liberation of Southern Africa.
High Commissioner Mwamba said Lusaka felt honoured by the five statesmen’s visit as the nation celebrates the birthday of one of its greatest sons.
Dr Kaunda, affectionately known as KK, led Zambia for 27 years until he exited in 1991.Source: Zambia Reports
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