CHOMBA MUSIKA, Lusaka
Former President Kenneth Kaunda has urged African leaders to work together and promote love, unity and respect among the people on the continent and beyond.
And visiting Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic President Brahim Ghali yesterday laid wreaths at the graves of the countryâ€™s three late heads of State.
Dr Kaunda has urged African leaders to bond with neighbouring countries and promote unity in diversity.
He said this yesterday when Mr Ghali called on him at his office in Lusaka.
Dr Kaunda said African countries need to work together regardless of their cultural, religious and ethnic differences.
â€œAs elsewhere, we in Africa must reach out to our brothers and sisters.
â€œWe must practise being brothers and sisters to those near us and far by understanding our neighbours and learn what bonds us together as human beings in this one world,â€ Dr Kaunda, who received President Ghali with a bouquet of flowers and hugs, said.
He urged President Ghali and other African leaders to continue practising love for people in neighbouring countries regardless of their colour or origin.
Dr Kaunda said Africa has survived through cooperation with neighbouring countries.
He said the continent has learnt that working together with other countries is key to economic prosperity.
Dr Kaunda said every person on the continent has a role to play in promoting unity.
And President Ghali said the people of Sahrawi are proud of Dr Kaundaâ€™s crucial role he played in the liberation struggle of African countries.
He said through an interpreter that it was an honour to meet Dr Kaunda especially that he is a global icon who played a crucial role in fighting apartheid.
President Ghali said the continent appreciates the role Dr Kaunda and Zambia played in liberating African countries from colonial rule.
â€œThe African continent appreciates your [Dr Kaunda] sacrifice in the liberation struggle and your leadership for frontline countries,â€ he said and wished Dr Kaunda good health.
President Ghali, who thanked Dr Kaunda for the â€œwise counselâ€, said Sahrawi has prioritised unity and economic emancipation of its people and those around it.
And President Ghali and his delegation laid wreaths at the graves of former Zambian presidents Michael Sata, Levy Mwanawasa and Frederick Chiluba at the Embassy Memorial Park.
National Heritage Conservation Commission (NHCC) east and central region director Kagosi Mwamulowe explained to President Ghali that Government has designated the Embassy Memorial Park as a burial site for the countryâ€™s heads of State.
Mr Ghali thanked Mr Mwamulowe for the elaborate interpretation of the history and meaning behind the shape of the respective mausoleums.
CHOMBA MUSIKA, Lusaka