Zambia’s founding President KK dies
Thursday, June 17, 2021 - It is with deep sorrow and sadness that we inform you of the passing of our beloved founding father, icon and global statesman, His Excellency Dr. Kenneth David Kaunda, First President of the Republic of Zambia. Dr. Kaunda, who was admitted to Maina Soko Medical Centre in Lusaka, died peacefully Thursday afternoon June 17, 2021 at 14:30 hours. He was 97.
Secretary to the Cabinet Dr. Simon Miti made the announcement on behalf of H.E. President Edgar Chagwa Lungu who has since declared 21 days of national mourning effective immediately.
During this period, all activities of entertainment nature are suspended with immediate effect and all flags will fly at half-mast.
The Government, through Cabinet Office, will guide the public on the details of the Funeral and Burial Programme for the First President, taking into consideration the Covid-19 guidelines as prescribed by the Ministry of Health.
His Excellency President Lungu has on behalf of the Government and the people of Zambia and indeed on his own behalf, conveyed the deepest condolences to the family of Dr. Kaunda.