Information reaching us says former president and Zambia’s independence leader Kenneth Kaunda has passed on.
Family of the late president confirmed the news to the state broadcaster few minutes ago. According to the family Kaunda was admitted Monday evening to the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka, the capital.
Kaunda led Zambia from independence from British rule in 1964 until 1991. Zambia was a one-party state for much of that time, though Kaunda eventually yielded to pressure to hold a multi-party vote and peacefully left office when he lost.
Zambia’s democratic record after Kaunda was widely praised as an African model. However, the recent jailing of the main opposition leader and increased police powers have raised concern about Zambian democracy.