Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi has declared a seven-day mourning period following the death of Zambia’s founding President Kenneth Kaunda.
I have learnt with shock of the death of our elder, Mzee Kenneth Kaunda. Although God has blessed him with many years of life, departing at 97 years, since his brain was still sharp, we could have had more years of his wisdom.
— Yoweri K Museveni (@KagutaMuseveni) June 17, 2021
“I have learnt of the demise of Dr Kenneth Kaunda, the founding father of the Republic of Zambia, a great statesman, and African leader. In honour of this great son of the soil, I have declared a seven-day mourning period in Botswana during which all flags shall fly at half-mast,” the president said in a statement Thursday.
I learnt of your passing with great sadness. You have gone at a time we least expected but we are comforted that you are now with Our Father, God Almighty in heaven.
— Edgar Chagwa Lungu (@EdgarCLungu) June 17, 2021
Good night Cde President, Dr Kenneth Kaunda.🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿 pic.twitter.com/KJYNVaoaJa
— Julius Sello Malema (@Julius_S_Malema) June 17, 2021
“Dr Kaunda was Botswana’s best friend and together with the likes of Sir Seretse Khama and Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, championed the liberation and independence of our region…Former President Kaunda’s death is a loss to his compatriots in Zambia, their friends in Botswana, and the continent of Africa. We send our condolences to the people of Zambia during this trying time”.
In honour of this great son of the soil, I have declared a seven-day mourning period in Botswana during which all flags shall fly at half-mast.
May his great soul rest in peace. 🕊#RIPKennethKaunda
— Dr. Mokgweetsi E.K Masisi (@OfficialMasisi) June 17, 2021
He said Dr Kaunda was the first Head of State to visit Botswana shortly after independence in 1966.
A true African giant has fallen. No sentence about the history of the liberation struggle in Southern Africa will be complete without the name of Kenneth Kaunda. A trailblazing nationalist. Our KK. Tiende pamodzi ndim'tima umodzi. Stand and sing of Zambia proud and free! #RipKK pic.twitter.com/sTnfywQiMQ
— Prof Jonathan Moyo (@ProfJNMoyo) June 17, 2021
“His four-day State Visit to Botswana, from May 21st, to May 24, 1968 ushered in a period of unparalleled excellent bilateral relations between Botswana and Zambia; after Zambia attained its own independence from British colonial rule which saw Dr Kaunda assuming the first presidency of the country in 1964.” –