Zambia’s founding President Kenneth Kaunda, 93, is not dead contrary to social media rumours that circulated Friday morning.
Kaunda was hospitalised on Wednesday after complaining of feeling weak, according to Health Minister, Chitalu Chilufya.
“He’s a national asset so we thought we could do other routine medical check-ups whilst he is in our custody. Everything is fine and he will be out soon,” Chitalu told BBC.
The Zambian High Commissioner to South Africa, Emmannuel Mwamba, says Kaunda was just fatigued and his condition not serious.
Mwamba predicted the former President would discharged from hospital on Thursday.
“Remember, he’s 93 years old. I think the doctors wanted to assess him. We’ve been given a report that he’s doing quite well. He’s under medical observation but we are very hopeful. The doctors even stated that he might be discharged very soon,” Mwamba told SABC.
Kaunda, a hero of the liberation struggle, ruled Zambia from 1964 to 1991, when he lost elections to the late Frederick Chiluba.
This morning, Mmusi Maimane, the Zambian Leader of the Democratic Alliance and Young Global Leader 2017, Chairman of SAPDC, announced Kaunda as dead and even wrote an obituary.
Sophie Mokoena, the Foreign Editor & Acting Political Editor for SABC, the largest broadcaster in Africa, broadcasting 52 countries on the continent, reported that Kaunda is expected to be released from Hospital soon.
— Sophie Mokoena (@Sophie_Mokoena) July 20, 2017
Zimbabwe’s ruling party ZANU PF also tweeted saying: “We are disturbed by media which misled us into thinking comrade Kenneth Kaunda passed away. Long live KK! #Kaundaalive retweet for awareness.”
We are disturbed by media which misled us into thinking comrade Kenneth Kaunda passed away. Long live KK! #Kaundaalive retweet for awareness
— ZANU PF (@zanu_pf) July 20, 2017
Simon Allison, the Africa Editor for Mail and Guardian said he had got confirmation from Zambian government: “Kenneth Kaunda has NOT passed away. In hospital and expected to be discharged tomorrow.”
Just got confirmation from Zambian government: Kenneth Kaunda has NOT passed away. In hospital and expected to be discharged tomorrow.
— Simon Allison (@simonallison) July 20, 2017