Zambia’s first post-independence president, Kenneth Kaunda, who ruled the country for 27 years, has reportedly been admitted at a Namibian hospital and Zambia has dispatched a medical team to attend to him.
Reports say the Zambian government has sent three medical experts to Namibia’s capital Windhoek to attend to Kaunda who fell sick last week while working on his memoirs in Namibia.
The announcement was reportedly made by Health Ministry spokesperson Dr Reuben Kamoto Mbewe on state radio.
His son, Waza, a medical doctor by profession, told the Post newspaper that his father had been in hospital for the last six days and wondered why the government was not aware of his illness.
Waza said his father has a viral infection, but noted that his condition was now stable.
Dr Kaunda, who ruled Zambia from independence in 1964 until 1991, has been hospitalised in Namibia for nearly a week.
In the country’s first democratic elections in 1991, his United National Independence Party lost to the late Fredrick Chiluba’s Movement for Multi-Party Democracy and conceded defeat.
– Xinhua/African Review