Zambia's first president Kenneth Kaunda, dies aged 97

Jun 18 2021 08:23 AM
Zambia's first president Kenneth Kaunda, dies aged 97

Zambia's founding President Kenneth Kaunda has died at the age of 97, according to the Zambian government. Secretary to the Cabinet Simon Miti said on Thursday that Kaunda died at 2:30 p.m. local time at Main Soko Hospital, a military hospital, where he had been admitted since Monday, in Lusaka, the country's capital.

Miti said on state-broadcaster, the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation, that the government will provide a detailed program on the funeral arrangement in line with the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation said Kaunda's contribution to the struggle against colonialism and apartheid would not be forgotten.

Zambian President Edgar Lungu has announced a 21-day mourning period for the former president Lungu said he learnt of Kaunda's passing this afternoon with great sadness.

"On behalf of the entire nation and on my own behalf I pray that the entire Kaunda family is comforted as we mourn our First President and true African icon," Lungu wrote on his Facebook page on Thursday.

Kaunda - popularly known as KK - was a strong supporter of efforts to end apartheid in South Africa. He was also a leading supporter of liberation movements in Mozambique and what is now Zimbabwe.

US envoy for North Korea to meet with South Korean, Japanese counterparts

China Iron Mine Accident: 13 Workers’ death confirmed

Israel: Health Ministry issues severe travel warning against UAE