ZAMBIA DECLARES TAMBO HOUSE NATIONAL MONUMENT

ZAMBIA DECLARES TAMBO HOUSE NATIONAL MONUMENT

The Zambian government has declared the house in which Oliver Tambo lived while in exile in that country a national monument.

A statement issued in Lusaka said the decision was made by Chiefs and Traditional Affairs minister Lawrence Sichalwe.

Mr Tambo, a South African anti-apartheid politician and revolutionary who served as president of the African National Congress (ANC) from 1967 to 1991, spent 22 years of his 33 years exile in Zambia, mostly in that house located east of Lusaka.

“This new heritage site is important as evidence and symbol of the role that Zambia played in ensuring that the whole of southern Africa was independent from the various oppressive colonial and apartheid regimes,” said the statement.

The village

“The assigning of this house to the late Oliver Tambo by the Zambian Government was not just an honour to the freedom fighters, but also a recognition of the late Oliver Tambo as South Africa’s possible future President after independence who was fully in-charge of ANC when the late Nelson Mandela whom he later handed over office to, was incarcerated in prison for 27 years. This house was assigned to Mr Tambo by the Zambian Government as his safe house. The house seats on an approximately 1.0 hectares in extent.”

Oliver Reginald Kaizana Tambo (OR) was born in the village of Kantilla, Bizana, in the Mpondoland (eQawukeni), region of the Eastern Cape, on October 27, 1917.

He died on April 24, 1993, in Johannesburg, South Africa

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