FIRST republican president Dr. Kenneth Kaunda says he is humbled and happy that youths in Zambia have recognized the role he played to open up the country to national development.
Dr. Kaunda said it was humbling that he was part of the team that pioneered development in the country which was bearing fruit now through the provision of leadership that loved peace.
The 91-year-old former head of State said this when he received a donation of a decoder from Star Times pay TV.
“I am humbled that young people like yourselves can think of an old man like me. I am humbled, very humbled. Work hard for your country, we have shown you what you need to do,” he said.
Dr. Kaunda said it was the challenge of the young generation to see that Zambia was a better place by taking opportunities which have been created so far.
“I am touched by your gesture and the things you know about Zambia, work hard for this country. You have seen what we went through. I am happy that you know the history of this country,” he said.
And making the donation, Star Times director marketing and public relations Ethel Mulenga said Zambia’s development was a result of Dr. Kaunda’s dedication to the country. Ms. Mulenga said Dr. Kaunda provided an enabling environment for investment and development in the country because of his able leadership which had seen the nation attracting both foreign and local investors.
“Because of your able leadership, today Zambia is benefiting from various investments both foreign and locally. The leadership that you provided to this country has put this country on the path it is today.
‘‘The leadership you provided and the opportunities we have in this country is because of you. We cannot talk about peace the country has enjoyed and the development without mentioning your name,” said Ms. Mulenga. She said Dr. Kaunda was a great leader whose focus for national development was bearing fruits now, adding that he set standards for the country for development.
“As StarTimes we thought just as a token of appreciation for your leadership to bring to you a decoder which will provide you with entertainment when you are relaxing. At least you can be watching something, a wide range of programmes and news from all the major news sources.
‘’This decoder will be on free view, Your Excellency; we shall not be charging anything, you will be watching for free. You did your part to fight for us and it is our time to take opportunities you created for us and appreciate you,” said Ms. Mulenga.