UK’s Africa minister confuses Zambia with Zimbabwe at Kenneth Kaunda funeral

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James Duddridge made the slip-up in a speech at the funeral of Kenneth Kaunda, Zambia’s founding president and one of Africa’s last surviving liberation leaders, in the country’s capital, Lusaka, last week.

Kaunda, who died last month at the age of 97, ruled Zambia from 1964, when it won independence from Britain, until 1991. He was respected across the continent as one of a generation of Africans who fought to free their nations from colonial rule.

Dignitaries from across Africa and beyond gathered on Friday to celebrate Kaunda’s life in a ceremony in Lusaka’s National Heroes’ stadium.

 ‘Today the United Kingdom mourns Dr Kaunda’s passing alongside his family, the people of Zimbabwe and indeed the wider world,’ said Duddridge.

The slip prompted anger on social media, with some seeing evidence of enduring colonial-era attitudes among British officials towards African countries.

UK minister confuses Zambia with Zimbabwe at Kenneth Kaunda funeral

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