THE African Union has honoured Dr Kenneth Kaunda with a special award.
The Award recognises Dr Kaunda for the role he played and the immense contributions to the liberation of Africa and its people.
Inutu Mwanza, first secretary (press and tourism) at Zambia’s Embassy in Addis Ababa, said this was done during a virtual event held to celebrate Africa Day and mark the official launch of the entry into force of the Charter for African Cultural Renaissance.
Mwanza said the Charter was a tool that was developed and had been adopted by member states to promote Pan-Africanism, cultural renewal and identity as well as strengthen national policies and other cultural instruments.
And Zambia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to the African Union, Emmanuel Mwamba thanked the African Union for recognising Dr Kaunda.
He said Dr Kaunda was the only surviving leader amongst those that attended the meeting to form the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), the fore-runner to the AU.
He said the people of Zambia were proud of the immense sacrifice their leaders led by Dr Kaunda made for the liberation of Africa.
The African Union is celebrating the year of arts and culture and has adopted for 2021, the theme; “The Arts, Culture And Heritage: Levers for Building the Africa We Want”.
This theme is meant to promote the goal on African Union Agenda 2063, which seeks to make an Africa that has maintained a strong cultural identity, common heritage, shared values and ethics.