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World Death of Kaunda: South Africa decrees 10 days of national mourning

14:25  18 june  2021
14:25  18 june  2021 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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L'ancien président zambien Kenneth Kaunda, le 17 août 2010, lors d'un discours à Windhoek en Namibie © Stephane de Sakutin The former Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda, on 17 August 2010, during a speech in Windhoek in Namibia

Africa of the South has decreed on Friday ten days of national mourning in memory of the first Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda, died the day before at the age of 97 years of pneumonia in Lusaka, announced the presidency.

Zambia, under Kaunda, was one of the most opposed countries to the Government of Apartheid and welcomed for decades the African National Congress (ANC), in exile on its soil since the 1970s.

Kaunda has been The first foreign officer to receive the visit of the South African Liberation icon Nelson Mandela at his exit from prison in 1990.

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"In memory of this great leader, the South African government decrees a period of national mourning of ten Days with immediate effect ", writes President Cyril Ramaphosa's office in a statement.

Kaunda has supported many movements struggling for independence or powers held by the white minority in other countries of the region, including the ANC.

Zambia announced 21 days of national mourning, the prohibition of all entertainment and put the flags in the half.

President Ramaphosa stated that Kaunda is "rightly venerated like the father of independence and African unity" whose leadership was a "source of inspiration and resilience".

"under his direction , Zambia provided refuge, care and support for the release fighters who had been forced to flee their country of origin, "said Ramaphosa.

Zambia’s founding President Kenneth Kaunda dies aged 97

  Zambia’s founding President Kenneth Kaunda dies aged 97 Kaunda, who ruled Zambia from 1964 to 1991, died at a hospital in Lusaka where he was being treated for pneumonia.Kaunda ruled Zambia from 1964, when the southern African nation won its independence from Britain, until 1991, and afterwards become one of Africa’s most committed activists against HIV/AIDS.

" He was held alongside the South African people at the time. where we needed it most and was unshakeable in his desire to see the completion of our freedom, "added the South African President.

at the neighboring Bostwana, President Mokgweetsi Masisi ordered seven days of national mourning. honor of Kaunda "The Altruist", an "emblematic statesman".

also called "the African Gandhi" for his non-violent activism, Kenneth Kaunda had led the former North Rhodesia to independence without bloodshed in October 1964.

claiming socialism and close to Moscow, he di The country for 27 years, largely under a single party, whose mismanagement has caused a serious economic and social crisis. After violent riots, he had accepted multi-party elections in 1991 and was beaten.

Carte de Zambie © Jonathan Walter Zambia Card

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