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Zambia’s First President, Kenneth Kaunda Dead at 97

Zambia’s first president Kenneth Kaunda who was one among the last generations in African leaders to fight colonialism and Zambia’s founding president and liberation hero died on Thursday at 97 years of age.

Kaunda was admitted to a military hospital in the capital, Lusaka, on Monday suffering from pneumonia. His aides said he did not have COVID-19.

In the 1950s, Kaunda was a key figure in what was then Northern Rhodesia’s independence movement from Britain and became president following the Zambia’s attainment of her independence in 1964.

As head of the left-leaning United National Independence Party (UNIP), Kaunda then led the country through decades of one-party rule.
He stepped down after losing multi-party elections in 1991.

“I am sad to inform we have lost Mzee,” Kaunda’s son, Kambarage, wrote on his late father’s Facebook page, using a term of respect. “Let’s pray for him.”
Zambian President Edgar Lungu said the country was mourning “a true African icon”.

“I learnt of your passing this afternoon with great sadness,” he wrote on Facebook. “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.”
The government declared three weeks of national mourning with all forms of entertainment suspended.

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

Another tribute came from Kalusha Bwalya, former captain of the Zambian national football team, who said Kaunda had made “an immense impact”.

Kenneth Kaunda 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 now Zimbabwe is.

In later life Kaunda turned his attention to the fight against HIV after one of his sons, Masuzyo, died from an Aids-related disease.
“We fought colonialism. We must now use the same zeal to fight Aids, which threatens to wipe out Africa,” he told Reuters in 2002.

Kenneth Kaunda ruled Zambia from October 1964 when Zambia had attained her independence up to November 1991

He was then followed by Frederick Chuluba who ruled Zambia from November 1991 to June 1991 to January 2002

Levy Patrick Mwanawasa (3 September 1948 – 19 August 2008) was the third President of Zambia. He served as president from January 2002 until his death in August 2008. Mwanawasa is credited for having initiated a campaign to rid the corruption situation in Zambia during his term

Rupiah Bwezani Banda was Zambia’s fourth president from 2008 to 2011.

Michael Charles Chilufya Sata (6 July 1937 – 28 October 2014) was a Zambian politician who was the fifth President of Zambia, from 23 September 2011 until his death on 28 October 2014

Guy Lindsay Scott (born 1 June 1944) is a Zambian politician who was the Acting President of Zambia between October 2014 and January 2015 and as the 12th Vice-President of Zambia from 2011 to 2014 upon Michael Sata’s death in office on 28 October 2014.

Edgar Chagwa Lungu (born 11 November 1956) is a Zambian politician who has been the President of Zambia since 25 January 2015 up to date.

Jolliebest Kasajja
Jolliebest Kasajja
Jolliebest Kasajja is a Ugandan Photo Journalist, Influencer, Photo and Videographer, News Editor and a critic in African Politics
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