Rest in Peace, Kenneth Kaunda

The late Zambian Statesman Kenneth Kaunda who died today, the 20th of July 2017

Mmusi Maimane, Leader of the Democratic Alliance, writes:
On behalf of the Democratic Alliance (DA), I wish to express my deepest and most sincere condolences to the family and loved ones of freedom fighter, African liberator, and the founding father of Zambia, Kenneth Kaunda, who has passed away aged 93.
Kenneth Kaunda remains a prominent figure in the fight for independence on the African continent, playing a a leading role in Zambia’s struggle for liberation, which began in 1949 when he resigned as a school teacher to take up an active role in politics.
After serving in various roles in the party and its predecessor, Kaunda became president of Zambia’s United National Independence Party (UNIP) in 1960 after his release from prison.
Just 4 years later, Zambia won independence and Kaunda became its first president when he won the 1964 general elections. He continued to serve as Zambian president for 27 years, until he was defeated by Frederick Chiluba’s Movement for Multi-Party Democracy in 1991.
Our continent has lost a father, and a leader. The DA stands with the people of Zambia and wishes them strength during this time of mourning.
Rest in peace, Kenneth Kaunda.

( At this stage thee is still some uncertainty whether former Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda has indeed passed away, as the Zambian High Commissioner in South Africa has, about an hour ago, refuted social media reports on his passing.  Editor).

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