The Political Life of Zambia’s Kenneth Kaunda

Identity Literacy –  President Kaunda was a biological product of2parents born in Malawi but who migrated into Zambia. He was born in Zambia. He was bred in Zambia. He rose2the highest office in the land. He looks human and there exists no known mechanism that would distinguish him from the rest of the humans who claim or may claim2be authentic Zambians. The attempt2revisit KK’s citizenship points2a dangerous but prevalent human propensity2use birth as a discriminator in life. Birth and its address is one of many pathways to citizenship yet some would want it2be the only exclusive one. The life of KK reminds us of the importance of not taking anything4granted.

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