The pioneer President of Zambia, Kenneth Kaunda, who governed the Southern African nation for a period of 27 years has died.
The former Zambian leader had been treated for pneumonia at a military hospital in Lusaka, Premium Times reported.
The news of his death was announced by President Edgar Lungu on Wednesday in a post on his Facebook page.
“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 and true African icon.” He announced.
Kenneth Kaunda, in his novel, “Zambia shall be Free” chronicles the struggle for Zambia’s independence and liberation from colonialism in 1964 with an insight into the early years of Zambia’s autonomy.