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Zambia’s First President urged to publish his memoirs

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Dr Kenneth Kaunda talks with Kagem director Dr Sixtus Mulenga as President chats with Kagem chairman William B Nyirenda, with and Minister of Mines Hon. Christopher Yaluma

Dr Kenneth Kaunda talks with Kagem director Dr Sixtus Mulenga as President chats with Kagem chairman William B Nyirenda, with and Minister of Mines Hon. Christopher Yaluma

First Republican President Dr Kenneth Kaunda has been urged to publish his memoirs in order to document the nation’s historic events for future generations.

The call came at a function graced by H.E. President Edgar Lungu to celebrate the reprinting of Dr Kaunda’s book Zambia Shall be Free, which was originally published in 1962.

“Allow me to place a passionate appeal to Dr Kaunda to pen his memoirs. Dr Kaunda has been at the helm of the political history of this country from the days of struggle to 1991 when he voluntarily cut short his term of office to allow for multiparty politics. It is only fitting and appropriate that we hear from him on how he stirred the enterprise of Zambia’s state craft all those years,” said William B. Nyirenda, chairman of Kagem Mining, which sponsored the reprint.

Dr Kenneth Kaunda and President Edgar Lungu celebrate the reprint of Dr Kaunda's book Zambia Shall Be Free with Kagem chairman William B Nyirenda

Dr Kenneth Kaunda and President Edgar Lungu celebrate the reprint of Dr Kaunda’s book Zambia Shall Be Free with Kagem chairman William B Nyirenda

President Lungu addressed more than 200 guests at the event to celebrate the relaunch of the book, of which 4,000 copies have been reprinted.

“I am very proud to be guest of honour at this function because Dr Kenneth Kaunda is a living example of an ordinary person who has achieved extraordinary things,” said President Lungu. “The dream of Zambia Shall be Free gave birth to Zambia and at the 50th Jubilee anniversary celebration it became clear that Zambia has come a long way. The rest is history, but those who were there can vindicate the sacrifice of Dr Kaunda and his friends and what they fought for.”

In reassuring guests that his memoirs would be published, Dr Kaunda said: “When Zambia became independent we emphasised unity and that all people from various backgrounds were brothers and sisters. ’One Zambia, One Nation’ is still very fresh and still very valid as a vision.

Sponsorship of the book represents a continuation of the model partnership between Kagem Mining and the government, which owns 25 per cent of the emerald mine in Lufwanyama, with the remaining 75 per cent owned by London-listed Gemfields plc.

Dr Kenneth Kaunda and President Edgar Lungu admire the reprint of Dr Kaunda's book Zambia Shall Be Free, presented by Kagem chairman William B Nyirenda

Dr Kenneth Kaunda and President Edgar Lungu admire the reprint of Dr Kaunda’s book Zambia Shall Be Free, presented by Kagem chairman William B Nyirenda

In pledging Kagem’s support in publishing a new book of Dr Kaunda’s memoirs, Mr Nyirenda urged the First Republican President to include mention of numerous milestones in Zambia’s history, including the effects of the Declaration of the Universal Declaration of Independence (UDI) in the then Southern Rhodesia; government’s reaction to the bombings that we experienced during the late 70’s as we supported the liberation struggle in the region; the Matero Economic Reforms; Zambia’s relations with the IMF and other Multilateral Institutions ; – there was a time when Sir, you asked IMF to leave due to stringent structural adjustment programs; the Choma Declaration which ushered in One Party Participatory Democracy; the challenges to Dr Kaunda’s presidency at the Mulungushi Rock of Authority by various players; and the advent of Multipartism.

Mr Nyirenda also outlined how Kagem had been restored to profitability under the partnership between Gemfields and the government, and said: “Ever since Gemfields partnered with the GRZ in 2008 the company has been transformed from the previous loss-making company to the now profit-making company due to the massive investments and prudent management of the company. During the past few years, the turnaround strategies undertaken by Gemfields have enabled Kagem for the first time to pay dividends to its shareholders including the GRZ,” said Mr Nyirenda. “Gemfields has brought into the gemstone sector new levels of professionalism and transparency in the way the product is mined, marketed and auctioned. In the process Kagem has been transformed into the world’s largest emerald open pit mine.”

The support follows Kagem’s recent US$2 million (K14 million) programme of community work to build a new secondary school at Chapula and upgrade of Nkana Health Centre in Lufwanyama District, which Acting President Hon. Dr Guy Scott officially launched earlier this year.

The projects are part of Kagem’s and Gemfields’ wider drive to pioneer the concept of responsible gemstone mining. In addition to the school and the clinic, the companies are also stepping up their tree planting initiatives and investing heavily in the back-filling of mine excavation works in order to protect the environment.

Kagem’s CSR projects, including provision of a ZESCO powerline, new buildings at Chapula Basic School, teachers’ accommodation at Kapila Community School, improvements to Chief Nkana and Chief Lumpuma’s Palaces, the Nkana clinic, and the ‘Blessings’ and ‘Green Farm’ projects. The company has also contributed towards road grading and maintenance.

On the environmental side, Kagem has initiated a tree-planting project under which a tree nursery has been established, tending to some 100,000 tree saplings. Kagem is working closely with the Forestry Department under the Ministry of Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection on this.

The responsible approach is all part of Kagem’s strategy to be at the forefront of developing the international market for Zambian emeralds by investing in exploration, mining, sales and marketing in order to develop a competitive, reliable and trusted source of ethically produced gemstones that buyers can rely on

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