Zambia’s First President Kenneth Kaunda Dies Aged 97

Kenneth Kaunda, Zambia’s first president who ruled for almost three decades, has died aged 97.

Kauda, who is widely regarded as Zambia’s founding father, died at a military hospital in the capital, Lusaka, where he was being treated for pneumonia.

He was president from 1964, when the Southern African nation won its independence from Britain, until 1991.

His son announced his death this morning on his official Facebook page.

“I am sad to inform [members] we have lost Mzee [the old man]. Let’s pray for him,” he wrote.

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