Zambia’s pioneer President, Kenneth Kaunda dies at 97.

Written by on June 18, 2021

Zambia’s first president and one of the last of the generation of African leaders who fought colonialism, Kenneth Kaunda has died at age 97.

The former president had been feeling unwell and had been admitted to the Maina Soko Medical Centre in Lusaka earlier this week.

In the 1950s, Kaunda was a key figure in what was then Northern Rhodesia’s independence movement from Britain.

As head of the left-leaning United National Independence Party (UNIP), Kaunda then led the country through decades of one-party rule.

Kaunda  popularly known as KK  was a strong supporter of efforts to end apartheid in South Africa. He was also a leading supporter of liberation movements in Mozambique and what is now Zimbabwe.

Credit: BBC


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