WORLD Malawi declares 7-day national mourning for late Zambian first president

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Malawi declares 7-day national mourning for late Zambian first president

Xinhua

19:37, June 19, 2021

LILONGWE, June 19 (Xinhua) -- Malawi President, Lazarus Chakwera, has declared 7 days of national mourning following the demise of Zambia's founding president Kenneth Kaunda on Thursday.

This file photo taken on March 29, 1983 shows Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda giving a press conference in Paris. Zambia's first President, Kenneth Kaunda, has died aged 97 on June 17, 2021. (File photo: AFP)

A statement from Malawi Foreign Affairs Ministry released Friday said the Government of the Republic of Malawi has received the news of Kaunda's death with "deep regret".

The statement has described Kaunda as "great Statesman and Son of Africa", adding that the Government and the people of the Republic of Malawi join the first Zambian President's immediate family, the Government and people of the Republic of Zambia in mourning his demise.

"His Excellency Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera, President of the Republic of Malawi has since declared seven days of national mourning, and has further directed that flags fly at half-mast during these days," according to the statement.

"Former President 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," it said.

According to the statement, the Malawi leader will attend the funeral of the late Kaunda in Zambia once the details of the funeral and burial program are announced.

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