VISIT BY FREEDOM FIGHTERS ASSOCIATION OF ZAMBIA TO RUSSIAN EMBASSY

On 2nd November 2016, a delegation from the Zambian Freedom fighters Association paid a courtesy visit to the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Zambia. The group which was led by Mama Kankasa and other prominent veterans of the Zambian independence freedom struggle were hosted by the Ambassador of Russia to Zambia His Excellency Mr Konstanitine Kozhnanov. The delegation, was also accompanied by family members of some of the other freedom fighters that couldn’t attend the meeting. During the meeting, the surviving freedom fighters present shared touching stories of their experience in Zambia’s struggle for independence, and the often tragic accounts of tuff life for native Zambians during colonisation During their testimonies, the veterans broke into moments of singing songs that were sang during the struggle, the young Zambians present at the event also joined in the singing. The veteran also recalled the tremendous support that the, then, Soviet government rendered to Zambia during her struggle for independence, and thanked the current Russian government for this crucial assistance by its predecessors. Some of the veterans present at the event had an opportunity, at the time, to visit the Soviet Union, and they recalled warm memories of their stay. In response to the vote of thanks extended to Russia by the Zambia Freedom Fighters Association (ZAFFA), the Russian Ambassador to Zambia Mr Konstantine Kozhanov thanked the veterans for their efforts in the freedom struggle, and ultimately for their victory in this fight, as it also created an opportunity for modern Russia to replace the military aspect of its cooperation with African countries, including Zambia, to a more humanitarian approach, particularly through education support by providing young Zambians with an opportunity to receive higher education and professional training in various Russian universities on a government scholarship scheme. Also present at the meeting were representatives of the Zambia-Russia Alumni Association (ZAMRUS) and members of other Youth organizations in Zambia. The young leaders that spoke at the event, thanked the veterans for their sacrifices in the freedom struggle, noting that without them, there wouldn’t be a free and independent Zambia. Director of the Russian Center for Science & Culture in Zambia, Mr Nikolay Chupashkin, said, in his address to the delegates present, that the Russian Center was more than ready to provide a platform for Veterans to share their stories and first hand experiences in the freedom struggle with young Zambians, as the establishment of a firm bridge between the old and new generation was imperative for the prosperity of Zambia’s future.

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Mama Kankasa with Russian Ambassador to Zambia Mr K. Kozhanov
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Freedom fighters recall stories during the struggle for independence
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A vote of thanks from the young generation
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Apart from the story telling, the Freedom fighters sang songs from the years of the struggle
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Group photo