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‘True African icon': Zambian founding father Kenneth Kaunda, independence hero who helped lead fight against HIV/AIDS, dies at 97

Posted On: Jul 31, 2021   |   Posted By: RT

‘True African icon': Zambian founding father Kenneth Kaunda, independence hero who helped lead fight against HIV/AIDS, dies at 97

Kenneth Kaunda, who became Zambia's first president after helping to lead a peaceful revolution against colonial British rule, has died at the age of 97 after being treated for pneumonia at a military hospital in Lusaka.
The former president's son, Kambarage Kaunda, confirmed his passing on Thursday. “I'm sad to inform, we've lost Mzee ,” the younger Kaunda said on his father's Facebook page. “Let's pray for him.”
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Zambia's current president, Edgar Lungu, praised the founding father as a “true African icon” and said he had passed away “at a time we least expected.” Lungu declared 21 days of national mourning for Kaunda.
The charismatic Kaunda, who was known for carrying a white handkerchief in his left hand, was jailed by British colonial authorities in 1959. He was released the following year.
After becoming president of the United Party for National Development , he...

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