Don't miss a story sign up to Sidmouth Herald's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Dr Kenneth Kaunda salutes Honiton freedom fighter

09:37 25 January 2012

Dr Kenneth Kaunda (centre), the former President of Zambia, accompanied by staff from the Zambian High Commission, pictured paying his respects to Reverend Merfyn Temple at St Michael

Dr Kenneth Kaunda (centre), the former President of Zambia, accompanied by staff from the Zambian High Commission, pictured paying his respects to Reverend Merfyn Temple at St Michael's Churchyard, Honiton, last week. Photo by Toby Hopwood and courtesy of Mr Temple's family.

Archant

Former President of the Republic of Zambia in touching graveside tribute to his ‘great friend’, Reverend Merfyn Temple.

Dr Kenneth Kaunda, the former President of Zambia, was in Honiton last week - to attend the burial of his ‘great friend’ Reverend Merfyn Temple.

He brought with him a statement from the current president, His Excellency Michael Chilufya Sata, which he read out at Mr Temple’s graveside, in St Michael’s Churchyard.

The statement said: “Reverend Temple was a gallant freedom fighter, who sacrificed immensely to the emancipation of this country and its people.

“I have no doubt that, during and after the struggle, many freedom fighters and other national leaders looked to him for wisdom and enlightenment.”

For more than three decades, Mr Temple, a Methodist minister, lived and worked in Zambia where he campaigned for fairness and justice.

Dr Kaunda, the former leader of Zambia’s United National Independence Party, of which the late Mr Temple was the first white member, flew to England especially for the burial. A service of thanksgiving to celebrate Mr Temple’s life will not be held until March.

Dr Kaunda was driven to Honiton by staff from the Zambian High Commission in London on Wednesday and visited Shoobridge’s chapel of rest, in Silver Street, before attending the funeral.

In between, he popped into The Boston Tea Party, in High Street, where he enjoyed a soft drink and played the piano.

Jane Clitheroe, Mr Temple’s daughter, said: “They were great friends.”

In fact, Mr Temple played a significant role in helping Dr Kaunda enter government in Zambia in 1962 - by giving him his Land Rover.

“Before that, he was canvassing on a bicycle,” said Mrs Clitheroe.

President Sata said: “Reverend Temple contributed greatly to Zambia’s freedom struggle by assisting with transportation. He is dearly remembered for donating a Land Rover vehicle, which Dr Kenneth Kaunda and other nationalists used to travel across the country as they fought for independence.”

Extended coverage in today’s Midweek Herald.

1 comment

  • This is a fascinating article about somebody you'd only generally hear about on the national news. Moreover, it is an amzaing account of what Rev Temple did in his live to improve the world. Keep 'em coming! Chris Brown

    Report this comment

    Chris Brown

    Sunday, January 29, 2012

Other News Stories

25 minutes ago
Picture: Christine Dunnington Photography.

Christine’s fantastic photograph of man and horse on beach

Read more
51 minutes ago

‘Some of us have never been able to afford one in Sidmouth’

Read more
10:55
Members of Sidford Methodist Church were grateful for a donation from the SVA's Keith Owen Fund to help pay for a new car park. Ref shs 05-16AW 8303. Picture: Alex Walton

A new parking area for disabled parishioners has been opened at Sidford Methodist Church after more than £9,100 was raised to pay for the project.

Read more
Fifteen year old Charlotte Reid with her parents Steve and Angela this week. Ref shs 7730-34-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

A Sidmouth teenager, who is battling a benign brain tumour, has embarked on a 100-day challenge in aid of a cancer charity.

Read more
Diesel

Takeaways and booze – charity reveals the shocking ‘treats’ fuelling pet obesity crisis in the South West. PDSA warns of pet obesity crisis fuelled by bad diets.

Read more
Yesterday, 19:30

Thanks to person who found debit card

Read more
Yesterday, 16:37
(From L toRr) Laura Stevens and Gail Welsh, Exeter Sands Co-Chairs; Eiry Bladen, Midwife; Steph Maslin, Matron; and Debbie Stevens, Matron.

An Exeter-based stillbirth and neonatal death charity has made a generous donation of equipment designed to enable bereaved parents to spend more time with their babies.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:08
Two people stroll into the path of a massive wave. Picture: Eve Mathews.

Big waves don’t deter walkers along Sidmouth seafront

Read more
Yesterday, 13:54
Seth Lakeman

Organisers say only a few Super Early Bird tickets remain for Sidmouth’s famous week of festivities

Read more
Yesterday, 12:53
Gale force winds brought tree down in Toadpit Lane on Monday forcing police to close the road

Highways teams work to clear aftermath of Storm Imogen

Read more

Local Weather

Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 3°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition E-edition

Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications