By IREEN MULENGA
The United Nations in Zambia has joined the first family, the Government and people of Zambia in mourning the passing of a great statesman and son of Africa Dr Kenneth Kaunda.
UN Resident Coordinator in Zambia, Dr Coumba Mar Gadio said that they have received the death of Dr Kaunda with deep regret and sadness.
“We join the immediate family and the Government and people of Zambia in mourning the passing of a great statesman and son of Africa. The United Nations notes Dr Kaunda’s contributions to the liberation struggle in Africa that led to political independence in many countries, and his generous support to thousands of refugees escaping conflict in their own land.
“Dr Kaunda was a significant figure in the history of this continent. Among his many legacies, we remember and celebrate his decades-long support to the fight against the HIV and AIDS pandemic at a time when few were willing to speak out publicly. His unwavering and high level leadership helped break down taboos and stigma, and undoubtedly saved many lives,” he said.
Dr Gadio said that Dr Kaunda served as an ambassador for the Brothers for Life campaign to encourage more men to be tested for HIV, and in 2018 was presented with a UNAIDS Leadership Award for his remarkable contribution