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When others think they are sworn enemies, they exhibit true leadership

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By all accounts Zambia’s founding President Kenneth Kaunda who was buried today was a true icon of peace and unifier.

His passing on 17 June 2021 shocked the nation, region and the world at large.

He was the last man standing of his generation of leaders, among them the likes of Samora Machel, Julius Nyerere, Kwame Nkuruma, Robert Mugabe to mention a few.

Meanwhile, while his death robbed the nation of a loving father, he also managed to unite the nation beyond the grave.

His burial today brought together two arch rivals.

It was so refreshing seeing President Edgar Lungu and UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema talking to each other.

The two would have been viewed as sworn enemies by some, however, today’s event have shown otherwise.

Political analyst Elder Mabhunu commended the gesture exhibited by the two leaders, saying it will go a long way in showing Zambians in general that unite is possible.

“HH and Lungu have for years been viewed as sworn enemies.

“However, the two have exhibited that they are true leaders,” he said.

He added that few days ago, HH stayed away from a state funeral, and that many would have been made to think that he will not be part of the mourners during burial, but that was not to be.

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