Former Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda, 97, hospitalised

Zambia’s former president Kenneth Kaunda has been admitted and is receiving treatment for an undisclosed illness at a military hospital in the capital Lusaka, according to media reports.

Dr. Kenneth David Kaunda, 97, served as the first President of Zambia and ruled from 1964 until 1991, when the southern African nation won its independence from Britain.

The former Zambian politician is among the continent’s few surviving liberation heroes.

“His Excellency Dr Kaunda is requesting all Zambians and the international community to pray for him as the medical team is doing everything to ensure he recovers,” the statement from the office of Kaunda said.

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