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Zambia First President – Independence Leader Kenneth Kaunda dies at 97

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Kenneth Kaunda, Zambia’s first President and founding independence leader died June 17 in Lusaka, the country's Capital. He was 97.

Former President of Zambia, Kenneth David Kaunda also known as “KK” has died from an undisclosed illness at a military hospital in Lusaka, just two days after being admitted. 

His passing was made public by the incumbent President of Zambia, H.E Edgar Chagwa Lungu.

The Late Patriarch served for 27 years before enduring electoral defeat, an attempted assassination, house arrest and efforts to deport him from the country he had established. 

He became President following the Southern African country’s independence from Britain. He is known as one of the giants in the continent’s fight against colonialism.

The Late Kaunda was one of the first African leaders to hand over power peacefully in 1991 after popular protests forced him to allow multi-party elections in which He was ousted by Frederick Chiluba, the leader of the Movement for Multiparty Democracy.

Zambian Authorities have declared 21 days of mourning. 

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