Alain St.Ange, President of the African Tourism Board and Cuthbert Ncube, Chairman of the organisation have joined the global community to mourn the passing of the founding President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia, aged 97.
They both expressed the African Tourism Board’s sympathy to the Government and People of Zambia and to the Kaunda family on the passing of their beloved president today.
“I have had the pleasure and the honour of meeting with President Kaunda on many occasions on my different working missions as the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism. He was a man of the People and as he waved his white handkerchief, his trademark, he ran into different conferences mounting the speakers podium always with the same grace and humility. Our discussions about Africa and the Pan-Africanism spirit was always enlightening and personally rewarding” said Alain St.Ange.
On his part, Cuthbert Ncube, the Chairman of the African Tourism board eulogised Kaunda as foremost Pan-Africanist.
“Africa has lost a great State Man, a Pan-Africanist Dr. Kenneth Kaunda, the father of Zambia, may he rest in Peace. And we will continue to fight for a United Africa through Tourism as a unifying sector”.
In reminisce, Hon. St. Ange recollected how they first met each other in Lusaka when late Kaunda was the guest of honour to address an International Tourism Forum alongside President Kamuzu Banda of Malawi.
Also, St.Ange met late Kaunda at the International Peace Park in Livingstone during the International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) tree planting event to mark the UNWTO 20th General Assembly which was jointly organised by Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Both were also guests of Mr. Louis D’Amore, the President of the USA-based IIPT (International Institute for Peace through Tourism) organization at some point.
Definitely, late Kaunda’s legacy will continue to linger as the global leaders poured in their condolences, but it is expected that this legacy should be emulated by the current crops of African leaders for the betterment of the continent.