Kenneth Kaunda, former President of Zambia has commended the government of Ghana for deciding to celebrate the life and works of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, saying it serves as an inspiration to the present generation.
According to octogenarian pan-Africanist, Dr. Nkrumah’s exploits in Africa’s liberation struggle, initiatives for African unity and development projects in Ghana serve as sign posts for many African leaders.
Therefore, the celebrations of his life and works, serves as a motivation and reminder to Africans on the achievements and challenges ahead in its journey for African unity and development.
Former President Kaunda, made the commendation when he called President Mills at the Castle Osu in Accra , as part on his to the country to attend programmes climaxing the centenary celebration of Osagyefo Dr . Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s first President.
The former Zambian leader, who is in the country on the invitation of the government, thanked his counterpart for the invitation, and urged Ghana to continue leading the way for African integration and unity.
“Please continue, and we will always stand by you,” he told President Mills.
He called for more collaboration among African States since the challenges facing the continent have to be addressed with a unified front.
Similarly, President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal , who also attended the event, called on the President where he lauded the celebration of the life of the Dr. Nkrumah, the African Personality of the Millennium.
He was of the view that the celebration would help to immortalize the memory of Dr. Nkrumah and encourage Africans to continually revisit his vision and works which to serve as the foundation for African unity.
President Mills, for his part, thanked them for accepting to be part of the celebration, describing it as an honour to Ghana .
“We are happy that we have found in someone who shares in the ideals of Nkrumah, and ready to support Ghana ,” he told the two Presidents.
Ghana and other African countries, he said have common socio-economic challenges, and therefore there was a need for them to work together to chart a course for effective progress of the continent.
He also expressed appreciation to the Henry Odein, Foreign Minister of Nigeria, who represented the President of Nigeria and Erastus Mwencha, Deputy Commissioner of the African Union, for participating in the event.
“We thank you for the honour done us,” the President said.