Zambia’s founding president, Kenneth Kaunda, dies aged 97 – son

PUBLISHED: Thu, 17 Jun 2021 17:34:39 GMT
Chris Mfula
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Zambia’s Founding President; Kenneth Kaunda
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Kenneth Kaunda, Zambia’s founding president and liberation hero, has died, aged 97, at a military hospital in Lusaka where he was being treated for pneumonia, his son, Kambarage, said on Wednesday.

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Kaunda ruled Zambia from 1964, when the southern African nation won its independence from Britain, until 1991, and afterwards become one of Africa’s most committed activists against HIV/AIDS.

“I am sad to inform (members) we have lost Mzee. Let’s pray for him,” Kambarage said on the late president’s Facebook page.

(Reporting by Chris Mfula; Writing by Tim Cocks; Editing by Alison Williams)