- Written by Michael Chawe
- Published on 17th June 2021
Zambia’s former President Kenneth Kaunda in 2012. PHOTO | AFP
- Kenneth Kaunda, Zambia’s founding President and one of the pioneers of African liberation from colonialism, has died after several days of admission in a Lusaka military hospital.
- Simon Miti, Zambia’s Secretary to the Cabinet, confirmed on Thursday that Kaunda died shortly after 2pm local time (12pm GMT).
- Flags will fly at half-mast in all public buildings and missions abroad as the country embarks on three weeks of official national mourning. Entertainment places will also be closed at this time.
- Kaunda, 97, had been admitted to Maina Soko Military Hospital in Lusaka earlier this week.
- An indelible figure at the centre of Zambia’s nation building spanning over five decades, Kaunda lived to his ripe old age, surviving many health scares and admissions in hospitals.