Monday, September 22, 2008
September 21, 2008
First Republican President Kenneth Kaunda has called on Zambians to elect a leader who will have a heart for the people and carry on the vision of free education for all Zambians, to take the country to greater heights.
Dr Kaunda also urged the top leaders in Zimbabwe to use their peace deal and government of unity to help the poor people in that country access adequate food and water unlike the current situation.
He said education was an important aspect of economic development and his government was prompted to introduce free education for all Zambians from primary to university level because after British rule, the country only had 100 university graduates.
Dr Kaunda commended the late president Dr Levy Mwanawasa for re-introducing free education at primary level to enable even vulnerable Zambians gain entry into primary schools and hoped that the next president would carry on with the free education policy.
The former President said this during a media briefing at David Livingstone Safari Lodge and Spar today, organized by the SOS Children’s Village of Zambia Trust.
Dr Kaunda said helping the poor was not a job-seeking strategy but a service to people in need.
Meanwhile, Dr Kaunda has urged the top leadership in Zimbabwe to use the recently formed government of unity to uplift the living standards of poor people and enable them access adequate food and water unlike the current situation.
He implored them to emulate Kenya as it was also a government of national unity and had succeeded in restoring peace after disputed elections.
And SOS Children’s Village of Zambia Trust National Director, Florence Phiri challenged Zambians not to be dependent on donor support but be actively involved in resolving the problem of street kids.
Mrs. Phiri said no one would come from abroad to look after vulnerable children in Zambia because the will and passion to help them had to come from within the country.
She praised the late president Dr Mwanawasa for having a strong passion for vulnerable children countrywide.
Dr Kaunda is in Livingstone to play golf on Sunday September 21st as part of the fundraising activities for the SOS Children’s Village of Zambia Trust.