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Butiama Bed & Breakfast

Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Dr. Kenneth Kaunda, former president of Zambia

In June 2007 I was invited to London for the re-launch of the Arusha Declaration and stayed with my hosts, Selma James and Nina Lopez, both of whom are vegetarians. Coming from an ethnic group where “food” is synonymous with “meat” and vegetables are fed mostly to livestock, my ten day stay in London on a vegetarian diet was one of the most testing periods I had endured. Tougher than climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro.

I survived and returned to Tanzania where people commented that I looked much younger than I deserved. I put one and two together and decided it was the overdose of vegetables I unwillingly consumed in London that was the cause of my apparent youthful appearance.

Having become increasingly convinced that ten days of a vegetarian diet seemed to slow down my ageing, I decided to drop the beef from my diet and embarked on a quest to become a complete vegetarian.

Over a year later, I was privileged during a recent meeting in Maputo, Mozambique, to meet a famous vegetarian, Dr. Kenneth Kaunda, former president of Zambia. Pictured in top photo (left) and the bottom photo (on the right), he told me he became a vegetarian in 1952 in protest against the British colonial government’s racist policy directing meat vendors in Zambia to sell meat through separate windows for Africans and Europeans. He is a teetotaller and drinks neither tea nor coffee, but drinks a considerable amount of fruit juices daily.
That act of political protest turns out to have deducted a considerable number of years to the now 84 year-old former president. He is full of energy and is in considerably high spirits. At the meeting in Maputo, he made it a point to trot to the podium each time he was asked to address the meeting.

The greatest dilemma I am facing, even more difficult than the decision to drop the meat from my diet, is which of the following two I should give up next: fish or chicken.


Kaka Trio said...

Hi Madaraka, your home boy from Ngoreme here If you already dropped Beef, Please do not drop neither chicken nor Chicken. Just drop those four legged creatures' meet!

linda said...

What a delightful post you have here :) and Dr. Kenneth Kaunda is truly inspiring! Could you advise on how to locate him for a television interview regarding vegetarianism? if possible, could you contact me at miss.linda@gmail.com? Thanks bunches!