Zambia's 'founding father' dies

Kenneth David Kaunda was a teacher and later headmaster at a local school. It was during these years that his interest in politics began. Courtesy #DStv403

LUSAKA - Zambia's founding father and former president Kenneth Kaunda has died.

The 97-year-old had been admitted to a military hospital in the country's capital, Lusaka earlier this week.

Kaunda had ruled the country from 1964 to 1991 after taking the helm at the end of British rule.

READ: Former Zambian president Kenneth Kaunda dies

He was known as a staunch supporter of South Africa's anti-apartheid movement.

After his retirement, he became an AIDS campaigner, announcing publicly at the peak of the pandemic that one of his sons had died from the illness.

Later in life he regained his stature as one of Africa's political giants, helping to mediate crises in Zimbabwe and Kenya.


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