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Zambia’s founding president, Kaunda to be buried in July.

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The former president of Zambia Kenneth Kaunda will be buried on July 7.

The 97 year old who was popularly known as “KK” died at a military hospital where he had been admitted days earlier with pneumonia.

“The hero of the struggle against white rule in southern Africa shall be put to rest at a very private ceremony for family and selected invited mourners,” said Vice-President Inonge Wina.

He will be laid to rest at the country’s presidential burial site situated opposite the cabinet office in Lusaka, following a state memorial to be held at the city’s 60,000-seat National Heroes Stadium on July 2.

Ahead of the funeral, Kaunda’s remains will be transported to the country’s 10 provinces starting Wednesday for people to pay their last respects to Zambia’s founding president.

Kaunda was the last of a generation of African liberation leaders that also included Tanzania’s Julius Nyerere, Ghana’s Kwame Nkrumah and Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe.

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