Zambia’s former President Dr. Kenneth Kaunda has passed away on Thursday.
This is after he was admitted to the Maina Soko Military Hospital in Lusaka earlier this week.
I wish to convey our deepest condolences to the Kaunda family on the passing of HE Dr. Kenneth David Kaunda, a liberator and leader, and the first president of an independent Zambia. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family & the people of Zambia at this time
— President of Zimbabwe (@edmnangagwa) June 17, 2021
Kaunda became president of Zambia in 1964, when the southern African nation won its independence from Britain.
He continued in power until 1991 and was among the continent’s few surviving liberation heroes.
Earlier this week, President Edgar Lungu urged the nation to pray for the former president so that “God may touch him with his healing hand”. – Eyewitness News