Former Zambian president Kaunda in hospital

LUSAKA — Zambia’s founding president, Kenneth Kaunda, has been hospitalised for an undisclosed ailment, his family said on Wednesday.

Mr Kaunda, 90, was admitted to Lusaka Trust Hospital on Tuesday.

His daughter Cheswa Silwizya confirmed that "the old man is in hospital" declining to reveal the nature of his hospitalisation.

"He is doing well and on the road to recovery," she said.

"I can’t speak about what the problem is. That can only be said by the doctors," she said.

President Edgar Chagwa Lungu (right) prays for Kaunda when he visited him at Lusaka Trust Hospital.

Mr Kaunda was Zambia’s president for 27 years, after the country gained independence from British colonial rule in 1964.

Initially a popular leader, he became increasingly autocratic and banned all opposition parties, but eventually ceded power in the first multi-party elections in 1991.

While in power he hosted many of the movements fighting for independence or black equality in other countries around the region, including SA’s African National Congress.

Later in life he regained stature as one of Africa’s political giants, helping mediate crises in Zimbabwe and Kenya.

Newly elected President Edgar Lungu — who took office last month after winning a vote to succeed Michael Sata who died in October — visited Mr Kaunda in hospital on Tuesday.

Known as "KK", Mr Kaunda was also hospitalised in February last year.


Comments (4)

Get well soon, galant son of Africa

jbs - 4 February 2015

That picture they were taken together with Bob at Lungu's inauguration-it had a thousand words.Bob anga akagara pachair nemusana and Kaunda was looking at him with a wide white eyes----ndakazvishayiwara pazvo kuti what bodylanguage are these two legends trying to communicate to me. With all these rains falling over in Zimbabwe-i think they signify a new era in the it carries all the dirty with it to the sea-hameno anosara nhaka. This week i saw on TV Bob,Kaunda,Castro, and i cant believe that Bob is far older than all these guys and yet still walking altho stumbling here and there as expected at his age.Mdara nditengeserewo patent yedrug rawakadya.we can make in europe kune vanhu varikuedza kudzinga rufu nembama-asi vachitadza kusvika pamasvika.

Mbudziyadhura - 5 February 2015

Get well true gallant son of Africa. Our prayers are with you KK, one and one only effective leader in Africa in a league of your own.

Garikayi - 5 February 2015

Get well soon Cde in struggle, a real neighbour and brother at heart.Your history speaks well for you

carson macate - 13 February 2015

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