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Lusaka, Saturday, April 29, 2017: The founding father of the republic of Zambia Dr Kenneth Kaunda who is also one of the founders of the present day COMESA celebrated his 93rd birthday, Friday 28 April 2017.

COMESA was represented in the birthday gala by Secretary General Sindiso Ngwenya who paid glowing tribute to Dr Kaunda for his contribution to the emancipation of African States from colonial domination.

“We recall and salute with pride and joy your visionary contribution as the doyen of Pan Africanism, to the liberation of those countries in the continent that were under colonial rule and apartheid,” Ngwenya extolled the former Zambia leader.

“We further recall that soon after the independence of Zambia you hosted the first ever meeting for the countries that were independent to establish the East and Central African Economic Community.”

“Your tireless efforts culminated in the establishment in 1982 of the Preferential Trade Area for the Eastern and Southern African States (PTA) which was a predecessor of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA).”

“In congratulating you on your 93rd birthday, we salute the people of the Republic of Zambia under your leadership for the ultimate sacrifices they made with their lives and hosting the liberation movements that were based in Zambia.”

“Indeed this is an affirmation of your rallying call of One Zambia One Nation which has inspired the Africa We Want under the Agenda 2063 of the African Union," he concluded.