FIRST President Kenneth Kaunda was yesterday honoured with the first ever Golden Jubilee Medal and he immediately declared that Zambians shall forever enjoy tranquillity and remain a united and peaceful people under the motto; One Zambia, One Nation.
Dr Kaunda made the declaration after he said he had released the nation, its people and the Presidency from every negative force.
“I submit the souls now living and posterity and also its Presidency to the salvation and Lordship of our Lord Jesus Christ and the father,” he said.
Dr Kaunda said this at this year’s investiture ceremony at State House after being honoured together with his cabinet of 1964.
He thanked President Edgar Lungu and Zambians in general for honouring him as the founding father of Zambia.
“I hereby pronounce today a blessing of peace, prosperity and stability upon our nation of Zambia, the Presidency and the people of Zambia.
I bless and therefore release the nation, its people and the Presidency from every negative force made against this nation,” Dr Kaunda said.
Dr Kaunda ruled Zambia between 1964 and 1991 after which second President Frederick Chiluba took over.
The first President of Zambia was exalted for his outstanding and selfless contribution to the freedom struggle of Zambia.
In 1951, Dr Kaunda, a headmaster at Lubwa mission school became organising secretary of the Northern Province Rhodesia African National Congress.
“You risked your life travelling long distances alone by bicycle as you sensitised and recruited members and opened new branches in Northern and Luapula provinces,” the citation read in part.
Others also honoured with the Golden Jubilee award were Dr Kaunda’s first cabinet ministers Arthur Wina, Dingiswayo Banda, Elijah Mundenda, Grey Zulu, John Mwanakatwe and Justine Chimba.
President Edgar Lungu also honoured Mainza Chona, Munukayumba Sipalo, Nalumino Mundia, Peter Matoka, Reuben Kamanga, Sikota Wina, Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe and Solomon Kalulu.
Apart from Dr Kaunda, Mr Zulu and Mr Sikota Wina, the rest were honoured posthumously.