AU Commission Chair Moussa Faki Mahamat says he’s pleased that Zambian President Dr Kenneth Kaunda, considered one of the leaders of Africa’s emergence from colonialism, was able to witness the fruits of his labour.

Mahamat says the recently implemented African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement was part of Kaunda’s life dream of African integration and is now moving in the right direction.

Mahamat made the comments during Kaunda’s state funeral in Lusaka. The 97-year-old died last month from pneumonia.

Funeral service for Kenneth Kaunda: 

Mahamat says the development of the Southern African region can also be attributed to Kaunda’s work.

Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Patricia Scotland, has described late Kaunda as a formidable statesman and a phenomenal global leader. Scotland says Kaunda never veered from his principles and morals.

The Secretary-General says Kaunda played an integral part in the creation of the current Commonwealth of Nations.

Meanwhile, President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed South Africa’s gratitude for the role Zambia and the late President Kenneth Kaunda played in achieving the defeat of apartheid.

President Cyril Ramaphosa pays tribute to Zambia’s first president: