KENNETH Kaunda (93) Zambia’s former president is undergoing treatment at the university Teaching Hospital in Lusaka where he was admitted on Tuesday.
Reports in the Zambian media say Kaunda who led Zambia to independence from British rule in 1964, and ruled until 1991, is in stable condition after “minor complaints.”
Zambia was a one-party state for much of the time that Kaunda was head of state. He eventually yielded to pressure to hold a multi-party vote and peacefully left office when he lost to former trade union leader, Frederick Jacob Titus Chiluba in1991.
Kaunda, who was born on 28 April 1924 is the youngest of eight children born to an ordained Church of Scotland missionary and teacher. He followed his father’s steps in becoming a teacher.
Kaunda was at the forefront of the struggle for independence from Britain, along with Harry Nkumbula who was leader of the Northern Rhodesia African National Congress.
Kaunda later broke away from that party and founded the Zambia African National Congress. He subsequently became head of the United National Independence Party and first President of independent Zambia.