HOUSING and food are two of the most essential aspects of life any human being cannot do without. In fact, the latest global statistics indicate that if one has a roof over his head and a meal on his table, he is richer than 93 per cent of the world's population.
We are, therefore, humbled by the gesture of the Namibian government to give a house to Zambia's first Republican president Kenneth Kaunda.
The South-West Africa People's Organisation (SWAPO)-led administration does appreciate the sacrifices Dr Kaunda made for the liberation of not only Zambia, his mother land, but also other African countries from the colonial bondage.
Speaking for Zambia, KK will go down memory lane as one of those nationalists who were imprisoned during the anti-colonial struggle, and played a leading role in Zambia's independence negotiations.
And later as president of independent Zambia, Dr Kaunda was twice elected chairperson of the then Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which is now the African Union (AU).
KK's role as an African elder statesman, his contribution to the independence movement not only in Zambia but the whole of Southern Africa, including the achievement of majority rule in South Africa, cannot be questioned.
In the case of Namibia, SWAPO actually initially set up its head office in Zambia, only to shift it to Angola after it was realised that the African National Congress (ANC) of South Africa was also headquartered in this country.
Even then, hundreds of Namibian refugees remained in Zambia.
In addition, the United Nations Institute for Namibia of which first Nambian Prime Minister Hage Geingob was director was based in Lusaka.
After Namibia's independence in 1990, Zambia was the second country to be recognised by the SWAPO government and today, Zambia's diplomatic vehicles are registered number two, after Angola which was being given the number one slot.
All these show Namibians' affinity with Zambia and KK in particular, and the house donation to the former head of State is basically a reminder that Namibians to date feel indebted to Dr Kaunda whom they still consider to be more of a father.