Zambia Shall Be Free: An Autobiography

Zambia Shall Be Free: An Autobiography

Zambia Shall Be Free: An Autobiography

Zambia Shall Be Free: An Autobiography

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My parents gave me the name Buchizya, meaning 'the unexpected one,' for the twentieth year of their marriage, the eight in the line of children, three of whom died young. I was born in 1924 at Lubwa in the hills of the watershed between the great Luangwa and Chambezi rivers. My father, David Kaunda, was the first African missionary to be sent by the Livingstonia Mission of Nyasaland in 1904 to the Bema-speaking people of the Chinsali District of Northern Rhodesia. For many years, he and my mother made their faithful witness among Bemba, winning the confedence of the Chiefs and people. The Mission Station at pioneer missionary Mr McMinncame to join him.

My father died when I was eight years old and I cried bitterly when I heard of his death, for I loved him and all my memories of him are sweet one. He was a strict man, always expecting to be obeyed without question. He ruled his family with a firm hand but only once did he beat me. Until the day I die I do not think I shall forget that beating my father gave me. I was sore for days afterwards and he had to treat me with some soothing medicines. For an advocate . . .

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