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Alba Iulia
Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Why did it take so long for Government to announce Dr.Kaunda’s death?

Feature Politics Why did it take so long for Government to announce Dr.Kaunda's death?

Dear Editor,

Yesterday Zambia was rocked with the news of our beloved first President Kenneth Kaunda’s death. We got the news from private media, from friends posts on Facebook, Twitter, South African news channels , BBC . ..everywhere but our own Government sources. I even tried going to President Edgar Lungu’s facebook page but alas only to find campaign posts. ZNBC was totally useless with just broadcasting PF campaign adverts.

The headline news on ZANIS NEWS on TV1 at 20hrs was – Matero level 1 hospital overwhelmed!!No mention at all about the passing of our first President.

What kind of people do we have running the country!! Are you telling me that President Lungu was not able to receive verified communications whilst he was in Western Province flagging off the 2021 Crop marketing programme? Why did it take him so long to issue a statement.

I am disappointed with our Government and terrified at the levels of incompetency exhibited.

Disgusted Zambian.

Rest in Peace our Beloved KK

30 COMMENTS

  1. Fcuk off you tribal upnd motherfcuker. Even when we are mourning as a country you choose to practise your upnd stupldlty. I wish you could say that to my face so that I beat the life out of you. We are in national mourning show some respect

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  2. Iyi ndiye mbuzi yamunthu. If you don’t hv anything to comment better you keep quiet. Who did not watch the news last evening? The condolences messages were all over the show

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  3. What kind of politics are we practicing in Zambia? Everything is condemned. Even non-issues become issues. Can’t we for once just mourn our departed former president without politics?
    Awe twanaka !

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  4. So tell us when he passed the time exactly…you should state the exact time he passed and time it was officially announced.

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  5. Its also disgraceful that Lazy Lungu still continues with his campaigns whilst preaching covid-19 guidelines to others

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  6. Ma labishi…so what if the President was first to announce…you politicize everything imwe Ba Pamanyoko…We have 21 days of mourning so what is the big deal sha

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  7. It is a pity and a great shame ! This tells it all ,ZNBC has NO autonomy. How is it that we are tuning into SABC and all other south African channels to listen to updates on the death of our own gallant hero? It is worse than pathetic looking at those provoking PF campaign ads while the nation is mourning. An institution that is run by tax payer funds must be professional ,independent and able to make sober decisions !!

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  8. Disgusting government indeed! I can’t agree with you more. Rest In Peace Dr Kenneth Kaunda, you were a real son of the soil and you loved your country

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  9. That is what happens. Incompetence has this characteristic nature of raising a drunken head in the midst of crisis and fuddling about before shakily getting to its feet. There is no pun intended in this statement. It is a matter of fact.

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  10. Rest in peace Mzee

    I only hope a special place will be found for your burial site, such as the space across the Freedom Statue. We would not want you to be buried at the presidents burial site that will also be burial site for some shady characters

    MHSRIP

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  11. It’s not good to bring in politics over the death of KK. I doubt if KK was supporting any party. My only worry is on how KK news was allocated 12 minutes compared to 14 minutes with BBC and almost 20 with other news outlets. In future I would suggest we dedicate atleast half the news to such esp on day one. Any news that came after KK news somehow diluted that important news. Please don’t kill me.

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  12. Typical upnd messaging. Condemn everyone else and everything except themselves. Znbc is useless, the police,the judges, ecz, etc. All institutions of governance in Zambia according to them are useless, except Mr know it all, HH. But when they lose elections, they run to the same judges whom they condemned. Under 5 politics at its best!

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  13. Why have we Zambians become so unreasonable? We have lost all wisdom.

    What we must understand is, whatever status, a person standing with government may be, with death the family of the deceased is accorded respect in all aspects.

    Starting with announcing the death, through how the funeral will be conducted to burial, the family is consulted.

    We must never demonize people and institutions for our lack of understanding and wisdom

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  14. Condemning everything even when it’s not necessary…Kaunda was a World recognized figure and they’re protocols to announce his death….besides the news was all over the media and no one knows why you didn’t get the news…..ati disgusted….please learn to be mature and complain only when it’s necessary…not just because you belong to the opposition and you have so much hate for the government

    Stop being a Makaka

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  15. Lumgu and his desperate thieving gang were debating how to milk maximum public sympathy for lungu from the public using the death of our president …….

    Like the desperate photo of KK on his death bed with lungu holding KKs hand….

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  16. Issacher perfect messaging . Everything is bad to upnd supporters. We are mourning the great of Africa and the global. Remove politics immediately. Let us mourn KK with no emmotions. RIP

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  17. The information was leaked by some people at Maina Soko. But then this isn’t the 1st time we have had such an embarrassment. When FTJ died the news was broken by his private Secretary Emmanuel Mwamba instead of someone senior. We could’ve learnt a lesson from that. I was relieved when I got news that ECL was in Kaoma for a program. The reason is that Kachepa was saying the Gulf Stream had been spotted in Egypt, as usual prophets of doom were saying was seriously sick. So speculation grew when we expected him to announce that demise. Let’s look at our governance seriously. We don’t Minister and both the President and VP are out of office. What are their handlers doing? There was a circular from Simon Miti that was denied hour after being leaked. This is disorder

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  18. The tribute on the ZNBC 19 00 hrs news was very disappointing compared to the SABC or BBC Focus on Africa
    I hope the funeral coverage will be better.
    You see, the death should have been anticipated and a proper obituary should have been ready.
    WAKE up ZNBC. !

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  19. it would be interesting to know how the official announcement was made
    and who the whistle blower was from Mainasoko hospital.

    This might also explain how the official announcent on Covid-19 situation was made
    and who the wistle blower of Dr [email protected] statement was.

    Looks like we have moles in some delicate institutions …

  20. We mourning our great leader KK ,

    But no one trusts lungu and his GRZ to do anything on correct moral or constitutional grounds ……….

    Lungus GRZ is full of lies , and ulterior motives to hold on to power…….

    Heck , who can trust a leader and his GRZ that gassed its own people , burned public buildings , told blatant lies about the opposition……like GBM training UPND militia to attack the ZDFs using golf clubs and catapults ……..

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  21. The worst thing that ever happened to our country is to have the kind of leadership we have in the opposition. I sincerely think that all the other opposition leaders other than Hakainde would probably do better, look at Hamududu without mentioning tribe the chap is good, you do not have to agree with the Govt of the day but when you oppose you must have some depth like Peter Sinkamba or Sean Tembo and recently Nevers Mumba. We need unit of purpose in our land not opposition that behaves like hyenas or Vultures waiting for the carcass. We need to pray for our country.

  22. The concern is genuine and needs answers. Why should the nation learn the news of the passing on of our national freedom hero from foreign news outlets than the national broadcaster leading the world. It is like learning the death of your father from the neighbors instead of your oy family members. Don’t hide behind the short bush of “politicising the death,” we can see through your pf malice. This underlines what the nation has been telling your failed government, you have been hijacking national institutions for your own political survival. Now it only shows of how uncaring pathetic GRZ we have.

  23. Kaizer Zulu you count your stupid self lucky but if I meet you in person In will deliver you from those demons of pomposity.

  24. KZ the UK based troll is mourning – yes you should because the horrible and incompetent PF government couldn’t even get ONE vaccine dose for the first president KK, and now he is DEAD! And you and your fantastic boss are to blame! Shame on you!

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