Kenneth David Buchizya Kaunda, who served as the first President of Zambia from 1964 to 1991 has been nominated for the prestigious 'Gandhi Mandela Award', which will be held later this year, alongside other distinguished persons/organizations. He was the first President of the independent Zambia and let its independence struggle from the British rule.
Born at Lubwa Mission in Chinsali, Northern Province of Northern Rhodesia, now Zambia, his father was an ordained Church of Scotland missionary and teacher, who was born in Nyasaland (now Malawi) and had moved to Chinsali to work at Lubwa Mission. His mother, also a teacher, was the first African woman to teach in colonial Zambia. Like other African leaders, Kaunda faced many complex postindependence problems, especially the issue of tribalism. He succeeded in continuing to negotiate on this issue, saving Zambia the trauma of tribal civil war.
The Gandhi Mandela awards will be given to personalities who have made significant contribution in the fields of Peace, Social Welfare, Culture, Environment, Education, Healthcare, Sports and Innovation.
The Gandhi Mandela Foundation believes that the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela are relevant even in today’s world as they were in their lifetime. As Foundation said “Mahatma Gandhi was nominated five times for the Nobel Peace Prize but never given one so it will be a befitting tribute to him to set up a Global Award in his name debuting on his 150th birth anniversary and also in the name of Nelson Mandela, who embraced the ideals of non-violence, pluralism and forbearance. The award is aimed at honoring those who have been inspired by and furthered the ideas and ideals of the two great men. This will go a long way promoting individual freedom, civil liberties and human rights across the globe”.