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Zambia’s first President, Kenneth Kaunda has died at age 97

Kaunda, who played a significant role in the country’s independence struggle, was admitted to a hospital in Lusaka on Monday. His cause of death was rumored to be covid- 19 but aides close to him said he died from pneumonia.

Mr. Kaunda was a key member in what was known in the 1950s as Northern Rhodesia’s independence movement. He became Zambia’s First president shortly after the country’s independence victory in 1964.

Kenneth Kaunda was a leader of his United National Independence Party (UNIP). He led the country through years of one-party rule until he lost a multi-party election and stepped down in 1991.

Kenneth Kaunda, affectionately known as KK was a strong voice during the fight against apartheid in South Africa. He also led several liberation movements in Mozambique and Zimbabwe respectively.

Mr. Kaunda’s son, Kambarage wrote on his Facebook wall, “I am sad to inform you that we have lost Mzee. Let’s pray for him.”

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