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Zambia’s ex-president Kaunda buried despite family’s protest

– – Zambia’s first president Kenneth Kaunda has been buried at a memorial site for former presidents. He was laid to rest on Wednesday at the Embassy Park national site in the capital Lusaka despite a court appeal by his family members against this arrangement. Kenneth Kaunda who was in office from 1964 to 1991 died on June 17 aged 97. The government decreed that Kaunda would be buried at the Embassy Park where the other past presidents have been laid to rest. But some of Kaunda’s children, grandchildren and…

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Zambia: Kaunda’s family sues government over burial plans

– – Some relatives of former Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda have gone to court to try to stop his burial at the Embassy Park national site in the capital Lusaka. The country’s first president who was in office from 1964 to 1991 died on June 17 aged 97. The government later decreed that Kaunda would be buried at the Embassy Park where the other past presidents have been laid to rest. The burial is due to take place on Wednesday July 6 after a 21 day period of mourning. But some of…

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Zambia’s former president Kenneth Kaunda dies aged 97

– – Zambia’s former president, Kenneth Kaunda who was the first to serve as the country’s president after leading it to independence has died. He died on Thursday at the age of 97 after he was admitted to a military hospital in Lusaka. The former president was being treated for Pneumonia while on admission, according to the government. Kenneth Kaunda ruled for 27 years as president and was nicknamed the “African Gandhi” for his non-violent activism. The ex-president led then Northern Rhodesia to bloodless independence in October 1964 from the…

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