Zambia’s founding president, Kenneth Kaunda,is dead.

He died at the age of 97 at a military hospital in the capital, Lusaka, where he was being treated for pneumonia.

Kaunda , who was described as the liberation hero ruled Zambia from 1964, when Zambia gained its independence from Britain, until 1991, and afterwards became one of the most committed activists against HIV/AIDS in Africa.

President of Zambia , Edgar Lungu has sent his condolence to his family and declared 21 days of mourning for the liberation hero .

The former president – affectionately known as KK – had been feeling unwell and was admitted to the Maina Soko Medical Centre in Lusaka on Monday.

Kaunda will be remembered for his role as an anti-colonial fighter who stood against Colonial rule in Southern African countries such as Angola, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe.

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