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South Africa’s President Ramaphosa declares 10 days of mourning to honour Dr.Kenneth Kaunda

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared 10 days of mourning to honour the late former Zambian President, Kenneth Kaunda.

The elderly statesman succumbed to pneumonia while in a hospital in Lusaka on Thursday.

His family has expressed gratitude for the prayers and support since his hospitalisation last week.

President Ramaphosa has ordered that all national flags be flown at half-mast in remembrance of Kaunda.

“President Kaunda was a pioneering champion of a decolonised, united and prosperous Africa. He represented his country and our continent with distinction on global platforms.”

“In remembrance of this great leader, we have decided to declare a period of mourning for 10 days in his memory and for that 10 day period, our national flag will fly at half-mast,” says the President in a statement.

Kaunda was instrumental in assisting other Southern African countries gain independence from minority rule.

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16 COMMENTS

  1. We thank you your excellency Cyril Ramaphosa for this kind gesture. Our founding fathers had an unbreakable bond and may this continue. We shall continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with our SADC brothers and sisters.

  2. Make a commitment to teach the young ones the history. Many Ministers that served under Madiba had once lived in Zambia. KK and his colleague Mwarimu also made resources available to South African freedom fighters at great cost. The arrogant Apartheid regime would even sometimes bomb settlements and infrastructure to try and discourage KK from hosting these comrades. Those in Zambia, the old Chambeshi bridge is an example as you go to Kasama, I ask ECL to declare it a national monument. The youth of today don’t see any value in that history. Their preoccupation is to eat and drink and make merry. They look at the other person as a parasite because they don’t where we came from. If that generation had lived like us we wouldn’t be where we are.

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  3. EQUALLY IMPORTANT IS WHERE IS OUR PRESIDENT ???? SILENCE IS FUELING
    SPECULATION A PLENTY >>>> HE IS SICK AND TAKEN TO EGYPT
    HES BEEN TOLD BY THE FACTIONAL SPLIT IN PF SO STAY AWAY FROM ANOUNCEMENTS
    WHAT IS GOING ON ?????????????

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  4. THATS GREAT HONOR FOR A MAN WHO STOOD FIRM AGAINST INJUSTICE AND EXPLOITATION OF MAN BY MAN EAST- WEST WE SHALL SOLDIER ON.

  5. Dr Kaunda wa a true African statesman he’s being honoured in all parts Africa and remembered in far flung corners of the globe.

  6. Go well Super Ken….. we loved you and we still love for your dedication to the country and the continent. Peace loving leader who put the country above self. You had the heart for the country and ensure peace prevailed through One Zambia One Nation. You told us “man west man east and man south” were made in God’s image.

  7. Yes , lets sing song of praise for our first President and may his soul rest in peace. But lets not forget that Unip and KK had the most viscious so called vigilante groups. Today we are complaining about cadres . Do you remember that the Vigilantes under William were more viscious than the so called present day Cadres? Do you remember “by Air” ? Just in case you have forgotten.

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  8. If you watch South African TV News channels, you’d think KK was South African President. They have all important visuals that nicely summarize the story of KK the Frontline Statesman, his interactions with different leaders and all that he meant to his peers. The detail exactly how highly regarded KK and the people of Zambia are in their hearts and the respect they have for Zambia. All this while ZNBC airs Cartoons!!!! could it be that because of his aggressive and disrespectful attitude towards KK, Chiluba may have destroyed all of this history from the ZNBC Archives? Whatever the reason, this is utterly disgraceful ……!!!!

  9. When one considers that the likes of Lusambo and Kambwili have presidential ambitions, and that one day some random change in wind direction might align forces to take one of them to State House, it is impossible not to despair and harbor suspicions that with the death of Kaunda, we have long outlived our finest hour.

  10. Fare thee well Dr Kaunda .For me it won’t be a mere 10 days mourning cuz you’re forever immortalized in my heart as Zambia’s founding father.

  11. And here we have f00Iish upnd diasporans saying 21 days is too much. These bab00ns don’t even live in Zambia, so I don’t know why they are complaining.

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  12. @Futurezed in the whole of SADC its only us who are willing to stand shoulder to shoulder with our brothers and sisters. The others are too selfish and greedy to think about their “brothers and sisters”. Most are not conscientised on the One Africa philosophy

  13. @Futurezed in the whole of SADC if not Africa its only us who are willing to stand shoulder to shoulder with our brothers and sisters. The others are too selfish and greedy to think about their “brothers and sisters”. Most are not conscientised on the One Africa philosophy

  14. Meanwhile Lazy Lungu cannot show himself or even announce the death of one of Africa’s greatest freedom fighters. This is why lazy needs to go as he lacks leadership qualities!!

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