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KK thanks God for witnessing jubilee

KELVIN CHONGO, Lusaka
FORMER President Kenneth Kaunda has thanked God that he is alive to witness Zambia’s golden jubilee independence anniversary celebrations.
Dr Kaunda is also happy that citizens turned up en masse during the golden jubilee independence anniversary celebrations.
“I thank God that I was present and participated in the celebrations,” the 90-year-old Dr Kaunda said.
He said this at his residence in Lusaka’s State Lodge yesterday during an occasion dubbed: ‘Zambian Children Paint Longest Painting in Zambian History for Children’s Rights.”
Dr Kaunda said it was inspiring that the young and the old celebrated independence day last Friday together.
“Thank God for Zambia and all types of celebrations that took place. This is [how] it should be,” Dr Kaunda said.
And United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) representative Hamid El Bashir Ibrahim thanked Dr Kaunda and congratulated Government for a successful golden jubilee.
Dr Ibrahim thanked over 2,000 children from all 10 provinces who painted the more than one kilometre painting – the longest painting in Zambia’s history.
He said the painting depicts the journey in Zambia’s history and brought meaningful child participation to the golden jubilee.
Meanwhile, Zanaco and Zamtel donated US$5,000 and K50,000 respectively to the Visual Arts Council.
UNICEF thanked the two companies for the cash contributions towards supporting children’s art.
The journey in history painting was presented to Dr Kaunda by 14-year-old Abel Ngoma of Chinika Secondary School in Lusaka.

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