Magazine article New African

Kaunda: 'I Don't Think We Will Ever Recover from the 1966 Coup'; Kenneth Kaunda, Former President of Zambia, Writes about the Impact on Africa of the 1966 Coup in Ghana. "I Was a Great Admirer of Nkrumah. One of the Most Shocking Incidents in Africa Was the Overthrow, in February 1966, of That Great Man. I Don't Think We Will Ever Recover from Those Events."

Magazine article New African

Kaunda: 'I Don't Think We Will Ever Recover from the 1966 Coup'; Kenneth Kaunda, Former President of Zambia, Writes about the Impact on Africa of the 1966 Coup in Ghana. "I Was a Great Admirer of Nkrumah. One of the Most Shocking Incidents in Africa Was the Overthrow, in February 1966, of That Great Man. I Don't Think We Will Ever Recover from Those Events."

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I will always remember Kwame Nkrumah. He did a lot for Africa. He was a great pan-Africanist. He inspired many people of Africa towards independence and was a great supporter of the liberation of Southern Africa from apartheid and racism. Truly, Nkrumah was Osagyefo, the victor.

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Of course, Nkrumah, who was born around 1909, was much older than me. But I was a very good friend of the Old Man. I first met him in London. That was in the mid-1950s, before Ghana's independence. I was then in London attending a local government course with the support of the Labour Party of Britain. We greeted each other and did not have much discussion then. I don't think Nkrumah had heard much about me at the time.

Later, I got on well with him. I remember one issue very well. This was before Zambia's independence. It was in 1957, when I was attending Ghana's independence celebrations. I used that visit to go around studying how Nkrumah and his friends had mobilised people for independence. Nkrumah had a lot of time for me.

There were also visitors from other parts of Africa. It was a fantastic time. You know that President Kamuzu Banda of Malawi moved from Britain and lived in Ghana. The country's independence inspired him to pack up his bags and go to Malawi to join the independence struggle there. Ghana's independence was a very great occasion, especially for those of us from British-run territories.

I got on well with Nkrumah. But I remember one of his officials did not seem to like me much. On one of my visits, that person did an article on me that was not fair. I went to Nkrumah and wondered how people there could write such unfair things about me. Nkrumah said he was sorry that one of his officials had done that to me and asked me to go and discuss it with that person. …

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