Dementia: Sata is leading us in a truly wonderful way – KK

Dementia: Sata is leading us in a truly wonderful way – KK

PRESIDENT Michael Sata is leading us in a truly wonderful way, Dr Kenneth Kaunda has said.
Dr Kaunda urged the media and other citizens to help President Sata be understood by other countries as Zambia seeks investment and business partners.
Meanwhile, Dr Kaunda on Thursday evening held a two and half-hour meeting with Cuban President Raul Castro at the presidential palace at Havana’s Jose Marti Revolution Square.
President Castro and Communist Party of Cuba central committee member Jorge Risquet Valdes received Dr Kaunda who was accompanied by Zambia’s envoy to Cuba, Bobby Samakai.
Dr Kaunda delivered, through President Castro, President Sata’s message to revolution leader Fidel Castro in which State House recognised and appreciated Cuba’s aid to Zambia since independence.
President Sata sought more cooperation with Cuba.
Ambassador Samakai said President Castro was delighted to have received the message from President Sata and equally called for “working together.”
He said President Castro said Cuba desired more cooperation with Africa.
Ambassador Samakai said President Castro explained to Dr Kaunda advances in the integration of Latin America and the Caribbean.
He said the duo discussed various international matters “in a cordial environment” and that Dr Kaunda passed on best wishes to President Castro who turned 82 on Monday.
And Dr Kaunda says African leaders and others from developing countries should visit and learn from Cuba practical development options.
Winding up his visit to Havana on Thursday, Dr Kaunda said it seemed the US was punishing Cuba through the 50-year-old financial, economic and commercial embargo for being a challenge to capitalism.
“Young men The Post journalists based in Cuba I am happy to meet you here. You are doing a great job. I want to say President Michael Chilufya Sata is leading us really in a wonderful way, in a truly wonderful way,” Dr Kaunda said. “Please help him be understood by other countries… countries like Canada, Cuba… I remember Canada under the leadership of my colleague prime minister Brian Mulroney supported us in the struggle against apartheid. He did not shy away from tough and controversial decisions but stood with us in the Commonwealth to dismantle that cruel regime in South Africa. We need support. We need partnership for development. With Michael Chilufya Sata in office and support from these strategic countries, real development would be realised in our country.”
He said Cuba and Canada supported Southern Africa in fighting apartheid when other powerful countries aided apartheid South Africa.
Dr Kaunda recalled having visited the US at the height of the fight against the apartheid regime to convince the White House to change its course on South Africa.
“It was during the time of Ronald Reagan. I came to tell him that what he was doing was wrong. That what America was doing was strengthening South Africa against us,” he said. “I was there with him for a full hour. I travelled to the US using our taxpayers’ money and thanks God I arrived safely. I spoke to the best of my ability against the ugly situation of apartheid. The response from president Reagan was ‘Mr. President, let’s do business in South Africa together’. I got this from Ronald Reagan’s mouth. You can understand my disappointment. All the time I spent explaining the evils of apartheid, the destruction that regime perpetrated, was a waste of time. So, as for Cuba under the US blockade, I can understand how hard it was and has been to deal with America. When a head of state is trying to destroy Cuba, it is because Cuba is a challenge to capitalism.”
Dr Kaunda said after discussing with Reagan and the response he received, he understood the pressure and challenges Fidel went through under Washington’s embargo.
“Cuba has been well organised against pressure from such a man who protected apartheid South Africa,” he said. “Countries like Cuba are really strong for them to withstand pressure from a man who thought like that… A man who was just concerned with business and thought the apartheid side didn’t matter. To him doing business was important even if that meant destroying us. Ronald Reagan was one of the worst US presidents to deal with over the embargo against Cuba.”
Dr Kaunda said Cuba had recorded amazing achievements in all sectors of human endeavour.
“It is happening here, real development under difficult external conditions,” he said.
Dr Kaunda said fighting poverty and its offshoots of hunger, disease, ignorance, corruption, crime and exploitation of man by man was a central role of government.
“These evils are clearly being fought in Cuba very seriously,” he said. “We’ve been taken around to visit certain centres. What we find is simply amazing. Education sector continues to be unquestionable. Health matters, facilities are unquestionable. When a nation takes care of its poor in the way Cuba is doing, we refer that to be humanism.”
Dr Kaunda, who on Thursday morning visited the Solidarity with Panama Special Education School (the national school for children with disabilities), said he was speechless.

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