From Left to Right, Tilyenji Kaunda, Defence Minster Geofrey Mwamba, Dr Kenneth Kaunda and Acting President Alexander Chikwanda at UTH today
From Left to Right, Tilyenji Kaunda, Defence Minster Geoffrey Mwamba, Dr Kenneth Kaunda and Acting President Alexander Chikwanda at UTH today

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.

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25 COMMENTS

  1. Zambians, Cables allover, can’t do a good job in a VVIP ward? I am sure that TV Costed Billions. We fail on maintenance or just doing a good job.. Thank god the old man is out. We pray for you KK.

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  2. Its encouraging, surviving ward E-21, all the people I have heard admitted to this ward never come out of it alive. They are sent straight to Leopards Hill. 

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  3. Great news that KK is well. What i do not understand is why the acting president of the current government and the minister of defense are constantly posing at KK’s side. Surely it should be his immediate family…Zambian politics to the hilt.

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  4. No. 14. ha ha ha…. This is funny. Very funny. It depends with the illness. KK’s wasn’t life threatening.
    same with those that GO to Mornigside Clinic in J’berg where politicians fly each other to. Coming back Ninshi Ulinshimbi.

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    • Let us thank God. If something had gone wrong, the story would have been, “Why was he not evacuated to South Africa?” Thank you Lord. This is the man who has made us be an educated Zambia.

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  5. Thank God for the old man’s restoration to health.

    We hope the two sons don’t stress him out over his wife’s burial. I hope they can respect his final decision on this.

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  6. Well done KK, man of the people. God bless you. Go put your lovely wife to rest. God be with you. Thank you for using UTH. Good health to you and your family.

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