First Republican President Kenneth Kaunda has been discharged from the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) where he was admitted since Friday last week for an ailment and would be ready to attend the burial of his late wife Mama Betty Kaunda slated for Friday this week.
UTH managing director Luckson Kasonka confirmed in Lusaka yesterday that Dr Kaunda was stable and only needed more rest.
Dr Kasonka said Dr Kaunda would require privacy to continue his rest. His sudden illness on Friday left mourners and members of the public bewildered.
He said Dr Kaunda was discharged by midday yesterday and all that was being awaited were modalities to ensure the former President continued to rest.
“The former President, Dr Kaunda has been discharged, he was discharged by 12:00hours today but we have to ensure that he continues to rest but his condition is alright now,” Dr Kasonka said.
Dr Kaunda fell ill on Friday last week ahead of church service in honour of his late wife, Mama Betty Kaunda.
His condition led to the delayed burial programme for former First Lady Mama Betty Kaunda who died in her sleep while visiting her daughter in Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, on September 19, 2012.
Mama Betty was initially supposed to be buried in Chinsali but the Kaunda family had decided that she be put to rest in Lusaka.
Earlier before Dr Kaunda’s discharge, Dr Kasonka said UTH medical specialists worked round-the-clock to ensure that Dr Kaunda’s condition improved and was ready to bury his late wife.
Dr Kasonka said that Dr Kaunda had a high temperature and was weak from suspected dehydration and a respiratory infection.
Dr Kasonka said Dr Kaunda was placed on anti-biotics and was in his jovial mood.
“We are treating him and want to ensure that he is stable so that he attends the burial of his wife. He is very stable for now and we should be discharging him any time. I want to reassure the nation that we will restore him to good health and I thank the medical staff for making him stable,” he said.
Dr Kaunda was visited at the hospital’s E-21 ward, the VIP section by acting President Alexander Chikwanda, Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba and visiting Princess Anne of the United Kingdom, who is in the country as part of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.