1 January 2013

Zambia: Fallen Artist's Daughter Visits Livingstone, Offers Help

A SPANISH national Griselda Hunt has offered to help Zambians wishing to study in her country to appreciate Zambia's decision to recognise and honour her late father John Hunt who lived in Livingstone in the colonial era.

John Hunt, who was an artist as well as a promoter of justice and a member of UNIP, died in Livingstone in 1962 and was buried in the tourist capital.

After attaining independence, the Kenneth Kaunda led UNIP government named one of the main streets in Livingstone as John Hunt Way to honour and recognise his contribution to Zambia.

Ms Hunt, who was at the age of six when her father died in 1962, said she would like to contribute to Zambia's development by assisting students wishing to study in Spain.

She was speaking in an interview in Livingstone on Sunday after she toured John Hunt Way and visited the grave where her father was buried at the Old Cemetery in the tourist capital.

"When I was planning my journey to visit Livingstone, I was thinking that it could be nice to have some kind of exchange programmes such as helping Zambian students who wish to come and study in Spain," she said.

Ms Hunt said she was also considering making a Foundation in Livingstone which would be named after her father so that students interested in animal rights or human rights as well as anti-war issues could to research and study at the institution.

"I would like the communication to continue and it should not stop when I leave, I would like to do something that will continue with my father's legacy in Zambia," she said.

Ms Hunt, who wept as she spoke, said naming of a street in Livingstone after her father was such a huge and fantastic honour to her family.

She said the country had remembered her father in a most beautiful way that her family could not imagine.

"I am so glad that my father had some greatness which was recognised in Zambia. I am really pleased that he contributed something to Zambia and he hasn't been forgotten. It is so amazing and very miraculous," Ms Hunt said.

She said at the time of his death in 1962, her family was in South Africa but he could not withstand injustice in that country because of apartheid.

Ms Hunt was happy that Zambia would be hosting the August 2013 United Nations World Tourism Organisation general assembly in Livingstone where her father lived and was buried.

John Hunt had three daughters with Ms Hunt being the oldest one and their late mother lived up to the age of 75 in South Africa.

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