Zambia 's Former President, Kenneth Kaunda dies in Lusaka , at the age of  97

Zambia 's Former President, Kenneth Kaunda dies in Lusaka , at the age of  97

Zambia 's Former President, Kenneth Kaunda dies in Lusaka , at the age of  97

/ POLITIQUE / Sunday, 20 June 2021 19:25

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By Kabakura Jean Bosco Ceusi

Zambia’s first President, Kenneth Kaunda,  dies at the age of 97 at a military hospital in Lusaka,  two days after he had been admitted for an ' undisclosed illness', according to his office. Kaunda’s illness was not revealed, but Zambia has had a surge in Covid-19 cases.

As Head of the nationalist United National Independence Party (UNIP), he eventually banned opposition parties, making Zambia a one-party state in 1972, and easily won the 1973 presidential election as the only candidate.

In 1991 , he lost the presidential elections and conceded his post, after he authorised the opposition parties to take part in the vote . This act earned him even more praise from Zambians.

Staunch anti-colonialist

As a staunch anti-colonialist, he allowed freedom fighters from neighbours Zimbabwe and South Africa to set up remote bases and training camps to fight white rule in their countries. Zambia  was the country which set up refugees' camps as many freedom fighters were fleeing apartheid and Rhodesian white rule. 

Kenneth  Kaunda casts a long shadow on the continent.

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