“My heartfelt condolences to the family of President Kenneth Kaunda and the people of Zambia. His commitment to Africa’s liberation will never be forgotten. His leadership on the continent and legacy of Pan-Africanism will live on for generations to come,” he tweeted.
The Zambia’s founding president and liberation hero, died on Thursday 17th June at a military hospital in the capital, Lusaka, where he was being treated for pneumonia. He was 97.
Kaunda ruled Zambia from 1964, when the country obtained independence from Britain, until 1991, and afterwards became one of the most committed activists against HIV/AIDS in Africa.
Following his demise, Zambia declared 21 days of mourning.
Kaunda will also be remembered for his role as an anti-colonial fighter who stood up to white minority rule in Southern African countries such as Angola, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
In 2017, President Kagame held talks with Kaunda when he visited Zambia.
During Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani International Anti-Corruption Excellence Award held in Kigali 2019, Kaunda was bestowed the anti-corruption lifetime/outstanding award for his efforts in promoting transparency and fighting corruption.
He wrote eight books including ‘Letter to My Children’, ‘The Political Philosophy of President Kenneth D. Kaunda of Zambia’ and ‘Zambia will be Free’ among others.
Kenneth Kaunda was born on April 28, 1924.