RB, Zuma visit KK’s old house

President Rupiah Banda and visiting South African President Jacob Zuma this morning visited and toured Zambia’s first president Kenneth Kaunda’s former house in Lusaka’s Chilenje township.

The two Presidents also signed the visitors’ welcome book before inspecting the house and Land Rover vehicle, registration number K-12848, which was donated to Dr. Kaunda by a missionary, Marvin Temple.

President Zuma spoke highly of Dr. Kaunda’s political profile while President Banda echoed that the former president was a political gallant who had a vision to liberate Zambia from the British colonialists.

Dr. Kaunda lived in Old Chilenje House number 394 in Lusaka for almost from January 1960 to December 1962.

Government has made the house into a national monument, a significant site that used to be a hive of political activities during the independence struggle.
At this house, various meetings such as the Cha-Cha-Cha campaigns and constitutional conferences were held.

In welcoming the two Presidents, Dr. Kaunda said he hosted a lot of political activities while living in the old. Dr. Kaunda’s vehicle has burnt during the food riots on June 30, 1990.

“I welcome you the two Presidents to my wonderful old residence here in Chilenje where I lived with my family. This is where I mobilized political activities using this Land rover that I was given by father Marvin Temple,” Dr. Kaunda said.

Dr. Kaunda later posed for a group photo with President Zuma and President Banda.

While in Zambia, President Zuma’s wife, Nompumelelo and her Zambian counterpart Thandiwe Banda visited several orphanages and home based care centres in Lusaka.

Meanwhile, President Zuma and his wife, Nompumelelo are today expected to return to their country after being in Zambia for three days.

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