State President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera has declared seven days of national mourning in honour of the late former president of Zambia, Kenneth Kaunda who died yesterday.
In a press statement, Ministry of Foreign Affairs says Malawi as a country joins the bereaved family of Dr. Kaunda and the entire Zambia nation in mourning the passing of the first Zambian Republican President.
President Chakwera has ordered that flags should fly at a half-mast during these days.
“His Excellency Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera, President of the Republic of Malawi has since declared seven (7) days of national mourning, and has further directed that flags fly at half-mast during these days,” reads the statement.
Through the statement, Ministry of Foreign Affairs has described Dr. Kenneth Kaunda as a great statesman and son of Africa who fought for sovereignty of Africa.
“Kaunda will be remembered as one of the brave sons of Africa and founding Father of the Southern African Frontline States who diligently fought for the sovereignty of the African countries in general, and Zambia in particular,” reads the statement.
President Chakwera has since announced will attend the funeral of the late Dr. Kaunda once the details of the funeral and burial are known.
Dr. Kenneth Kaunda died at Maiko Soko Medical Centre in Lusaka at the age of 97. He served as the first President of Zambia.