- Category: Africa
- Written by Reuters
Zambiaâ€™s independence hero and first president Kenneth Kaunda was discharged from hospital on Tuesday, four days after being admitted with an undisclosed ailment, medical sources said.
â€œDr Kaunda has been discharged, he is no longer at the hospital,â€ University Teaching Hospital managing director Lackson Kasonka told AFP.
Kaunda, 88, was the first post-independence president of Zambia, a position he held from 1964 to 1991.
The former leader was admitted to hospital after the death of his wife, Betty, who died in Zimbabwe on 19 September.
Her funeral had to be postponed from Sunday last week to Friday, to allow the much-loved elder statesman time to recover.
â€œThe family members have decided that the church service be postponed due to Kenneth Kaundaâ€™s sudden illness. Dr Kaunda has... been hospitalised at the University Teaching Hospital,â€ said secretary to the cabinet Roland Msiska in an earlier statement.
Kaundaâ€™s wife, Betty, died on Wednesday in Zimbabwe and the government has accorded her three days of national mourning. â€”Afp