Zambia’s founding president , Kenneth Kaunda, is dead. He on Thursday at a military hospital in the country’s capital, Lusaka, where he was being treated for pneumonia. He was 97.
Fondly called KK, he had been feeling unwell and had been admitted to the Maina Soko Medical Centre in Lusaka on Monday.
Kaunda ruled Zambia from 1964, when the Southern African nation won its independence from Britain, and was in office until 1991.
“I am sad to inform [members] we have lost Mzee [the old man]. Let’s pray for him,” Kaunda’s son Kambarage said on the late former president’s Facebook page on Thursday.
Zambian authorities have declared 21 days of mourning for the liberation hero.
“On behalf of the entire nation and on my own behalf, I pray that the entire Kaunda family is comforted as we mourn our first president and true African icon,” President Edgar Lungu said in a message on his Facebook page.