Pan-Africanist and Zambia’s first President Kenneth Kaunda dies at 97

Kenneth Kaunda

Kenneth Kaunda who lead Zambia right after independence until 1991 has passed on at the age of 97.

The Pan-Africanist and advocate for people living with HIV back in the 1990s succumbed to Pneumonia at a Lusaka-based hospital where he had been attaining treatment for a number of days yesterday.

Basing on the Secretary to the Cabinet, Simon Miti, while speaking to media on Thursday, the former head of state killed the bucket at a Lusaka based military hospital at which he had been admitted on Monday.

Although Mr. Miti did not state the cause of Kaunda’s death, reports from Kaunda’s office that were realized earlier this week indicated that preliminary results indicated he was battling with Pneumonia.

Subsequently, President Edgar Lungu, the current president of Zambia announced a three weeks period if mourning for the country’s not only former but also first ever president after they attained independence.

Mr. Miti while appearing on the country’s state-broadcaster, Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation went on to inform that the government will release a detailed burial program for the deceased in line with the Covid-19 pandemic guidelines.

“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 posted on one of his social media handles.

Since his retirement from politics, Kenneth Kaunda focused on his fight against HIV/AIDs through his Kenneth Kaunda Children of Africa Foundation. This saw him winning an award in 2018, the UNAIDS leadership award.

An award that is given to high-level personalities that have made unique contribution to the AIDS response during both their professional and personal life.

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The fallen leader was born in 1924, he fought and finally lead Zambia to her independence in 1964 taking over as president right away until 1991. He retired from active politics into humanitarian work until he, unfortunately, lost his life in 2021 to Pneumonia. May His soul rest in Peace.

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