Editor's Comment

Let’s learn KK’s lessons well


IT IS not so much about his age, but rather about the incredible things that he has done in his 94 years of life.
Kenneth Kaunda, fondly known as KK across the country and in many other parts of the world, is a total package from which virtually anyone can draw invaluable lessons.
Politicians can learn the art of being firm and patient, foreigners can learn the importance of `loving your neighbour’, Christians and those of other religions can learn the importance of love and faith, businesspersons can learn the necessity of `doing unto others as you would like them to do unto you’.
Further, youths can learn that they can have a better future by sticking to their studies and using their energies on development; even sportspersons like footballers can learn the skills of teamwork and scoring.
KK, who turns 94 today, is a blessing to Zambia. The nation should continue to tap wisdom from him. This wisdom is there for all to see, take and use.
His deeds and his words are lessons for all. These are from the days of the independence struggle, through his 27 years of rule as Head of State to his new fight against HIV/AIDs and his support for the vulnerable.
He has such vast and incomparable experience that he has become an institution unto himself.
Zambia would, therefore, do well to listen closely to his words of wisdom. Some of the solutions for the country’s challenges lie in what he has said and done in the past.
For instance, the dialogue debate that the country is embroiled in is something that KK went through several times to overcome the threat of social, economic and, political friction at various levels.
He dialogued for the political independence of Zambia and other southern Africa countries, he dialogued for economic plans for the country and at the apex of his stay in State House, he dialogued for a peaceful return to multi-party politics.
In all this, politicians and indeed all other leaders in other areas of ‘human endeavour’ should learn that dialogue is about give and take.
They should also learn that you cannot have it your way all the time, no matter how convinced you may be that your opinion is the best for the country, the region or the community you serve or wish to serve.
His lesson on good neighbourliness has helped Zambia become a haven of peace. Tens if not hundreds of thousands of refugees have been coming to Zambia for decades because of Zambians’ love for others, especially those in need.
The reward for this has been Zambia attracting quality investors who can rest assured that their investments are safe. The ripple effect is development and improved standards of living.
Despite this and other lessons, directly or subtly, offered by KK, there are some Zambians who ignorantly or deliberately choose to undo virtually all that the father of the nation has strived for.
We have Zambians who seem not to care about the consequences of their propensity for falsehoods and confrontation woven in foul language and acts of physical aggression. They evidently lack foresight.
If KK had chosen this kind of attitude and path, the freedoms the nation is enjoying now would have been a far cry. Zambians should learn not to take the peace they are enjoying for granted.
Therefore, those that truly wish KK a happy birthday should do things that would truly make him happy.
The best birthday gift the nation can give KK is showing that we have learnt his lessons well. This should be by having true love for each other and living in harmony despite the peoples’ social, economic and especially political diversity.
Happy birthday KK.

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