The death of Zambia’s first independence president, Kenneth Kaunda, affectionately known as KK, at 97 was met with sadness and nostalgia, as many remembered his contributions to democracy across Africa. News24 reports that the president’s office has declared 21 days of mourning, with “all activities of an entertainment nature” suspended and flags flying at half-mast, while Botswana declared a seven-day mourning period. President Hage Geingob, reacting to the news, said that “Africa has lost a giant of a man,” adding that “Africans, and Namibians in particular, shall be eternally grateful for his stellar contribution to our freedom”. Social media was meanwhile flooded with public tributes, along with black and white images of a young Kaunda posing with fellow liberation leaders.
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