Mondli Makhanya | The ANC’s road to the cemetery

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The ANC’s descent to irrelevance will not be as immediate and dramatic as that of Unip, but it has now become irreversible. The funeral dirge is being hummed as the procession leaves for Avalon Cemetery. Photo: Darren Stewart/Gallo Images
The ANC’s descent to irrelevance will not be as immediate and dramatic as that of Unip, but it has now become irreversible. The funeral dirge is being hummed as the procession leaves for Avalon Cemetery. Photo: Darren Stewart/Gallo Images

MONDLI MAKHANYA

Under the leadership of the recently deceased Kenneth Kaunda, Unip was one of the most influential political movements in Africa, spearheading the continental effort to get rid of the vestiges of colonialism and white minority rule in countries that had not been liberated, and stamping the continent’s imprint on the world.

Lusaka, the capital, was the hub of liberation movements and African diplomatic activity. At multilateral organisations, Kaunda and his government spoke loudly about the push for the full emancipation of the continent’s people.

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