Lusaka – Following the death of Zambia’s Founding Father, Dr Kenneth David Kaunda, the government has declared a 21-day period of national mourning.
Dr Kaunda died on June 17 at Maina Soko Military Hospital in Lusaka after being hospitalised earlier in the week. He was 97. Cabinet Secretary Dr Simon Miti said the statesman and liberation hero died peacefully at around 2:30pm.
President Edgar Lungu on Thursday declared 21 days of national mourning, during which time all activities of an entertainment nature would be suspended and flags would fly at half-mast.
“Government through the Cabinet Office will guide on the details of the funeral and burial program,” President Lungu added.
Funeral processions will take into consideration COVID-19 guidelines as prescribed by the Ministry of Health.
Botswana has declared seven days of national mourning, and people from across the world have been expressing their sadness at the death of man who was renowned as a peacemaker and liberation icon from the 1950s.
Dr Kaunda led Zambia to Independence from Britain in 1964, and was President of the country from then until 1991.
He was a strong proponent of the liberation of the entire African continent, and played a key role in assisting nationalist and independence movements in Angola, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe, often at great personal expense and at a huge cost to Zambia’s economy and security.