Zambia's founding leader Kenneth Kaunda has passed away

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Kaunda, 97, was the inaugural president of Zambia between 1964 and 1990, after the country gained independence from Britain.

He was born on 28 April 1924 in Chinsali, in what was then known as Northern Rhodesia.

Kaunda, popularly known by his initials KK, was head of the main nationalist party, the left-of-centre United National Independence Party (UNIP) which led the country to freedom from British colonial rule.

Initially a popular leader, Kaunda became increasingly autocratic and banned all opposition parties.
 

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Just came here to post this:
Kaunda was admitted to a hospital in the capital Lusaka on Monday suffering from pneumonia. His aides said he did not have Covid-19.

In the 1950s, Kaunda was a key figure in what was then Northern Rhodesia's independence movement from Britain.

He became president following independence in 1964.

As head of the left-leaning United National Independence Party (UNIP), Kaunda then led the country through decades of one-party rule.

He stepped down after losing multi-party elections in 1991.

Kaunda - popularly known as KK - was a strong supporter of efforts to end apartheid in South Africa. He was also a leading supporter of liberation movements in Mozambique and what is now Zimbabwe.
 

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The man responsible for turning Zambia into a one party state. President from 24 October 1964 – 2 November 1991. Voted out the moment he finally allowed free elections again.
Says it all really. All the important bits.

But sure. RIP. As you ensured many did.
 

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The man responsible for turning Zambia into a one party state. President from 24 October 1964 – 2 November 1991. Voted out the moment he finally allowed free elections again.
Says it all really. All the important bits.

But sure. RIP. As you ensured many did.
And Potch is in his district. Though he was long dead.
 

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I am unfortunately biased because our family lost out in Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, and both Rhodesia's. Both life and property.
They stole it to begin with, you're lucky they didn't make you into fertilizer.
 
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