• Date February 25, 2011
  • Author Eddy Mwelwa

Recently, together with my Teleos colleague, Gretchen Schmelzer, Professor Barbara Okun of Northeastern University and intern Jessica Eisenbach, I visited Cavendish University Zambia (CUZ). We went at the invitation of the university to conduct a needs analysis for a PhD program. Zambian students interested in pursuing PhD studies must leave Zambia, because there is currently no PhD program in country.

During our visit, we were fortunate to meet with the first president of Zambia, his excellence, Dr. Kenneth Kaunda, the chancellor of the University. As a Zambian myself, I feel honoured each time I meet him and I have met him several times on my previous trips to Zambia. And this time was no exception. Each time I feel humbled by the unassuming nature of a man who has given and achieved so much—not only for his country but also for Africa. He is truly a model for African leaders that political and social change can occur without the unnecessary misery and suffering we have seen in other parts of the continent. Dr Kaunda is still serving Zambia, long after the end of his presidency. In addition to serving as CUZ Chancellor, he set up a foundation to address the tragedy of HIV/AIDS and poverty in Africa. The Kenneth Kaunda Children of Africa Foundation is an inspiration to all in helping to improve the lives of African children.

In the photo, from left to right: Ketrine Salati, Eddy Mwelwa, Frywell Chirwa, Gretchen Schmelzer, Kenneth Kaunda, Mr. Mfula, Barbara Okun, Professor Mulira, Jessica Eisenbach, Professor Seke Banda, Mwiche Sichone, Dr. Nicholas Lubaba