A GREAT FRIEND OF THE UNIVERSITY: UFH pays tribute to President Kenneth KK Kaunda

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The University of Fort joins the continent and the international community in the mourning the passing of Kenneth Kaunda, Zambia’s first independent president from 1964 to 1991.

Affectionately known as KK, he died peacefully at the Maini Soko Medical Centre in Lusaka. He was 97 years old.

In 1996, he was among the African leaders who descended on the UFH Alice campus to celebrate the university’s 80th anniversary.

Until his demise, he was regarded as the only remaining pioneer of African independence. Some of the late great African leaders and UFH Alumni that he was associated with, are Robert Sobukwe, Julius Nyerere (Honorary Alumnus), Robert Mugabe, Oliver Tambo and Nelson Mandela.  He was also a great friend to the late Samora Machel, who was a Mozambican military commander and political leader.

He played a pivotal role in Zambia’s fight for liberation through his Zambian African National Congress (ZANC) and United National Independence Party (UNIP).He also instrumental in assisting the liberation of South Africa by allowing African National Congress (ANC) members and leaders to seek refuge in Lusaka during the height of apartheid.  

KK was a staunch advocate for “Zambian Humanism” - a concept based on a combination of ideas of state control and basic African values of mutual aid, trust and loyalty to the community.

Until the end, the university community and its family of stakeholders regarded President Kaunda as a Friend of the University of Fort Hare

May his soul rest in peace.