Zambia’s former president Kenneth Kaunda dies aged 97

  • 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.


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