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 Kenneth David Kaunda

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Kenneth David Kaunda Famous memorial

Birth
Death
17 Jun 2021 (aged 97)
Lusaka, Lusaka, Zambia
Burial
Lusaka, Lusaka, Zambia
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228588555 View Source

Zambian Statesman. He served as the 1st President of Zambia from October 24, 1964 to November 2, 1991. After completing secondary school in the early 1940s, he went into teaching, both in colonial Zambia and Tanganyika. In 1949, he came to Zambia and became a member of the African National Congress, a major anticolonial organization in Northern Rhodesia. During the 1950s, he rose to a leadership post in the organization, but split with it and formed a new organization, after a clash over strategy in the later part of the decade. He imposed a strategy of "positive nonviolent action" against the colonial rule of Great Britain. By the early 1960s, Britain had to decolonize Zambia and in 1964, granted independence to the country. He became the first president of the country and served until 1991, when he stepped down after his party lost in the presidential election. During his tenure, he ruled mostly with one-party rule, which was imposed in 1972. Also living standards in Zambia went down after the oil crisis of 1973 and the nationalization of most major industries in the country. In 1990, he legalized opposition parties and set the stage for free, multiparty elections in 1991. After leaving office, he stood in opposition to the new government and continued in the public arena until his passing.

Zambian Statesman. He served as the 1st President of Zambia from October 24, 1964 to November 2, 1991. After completing secondary school in the early 1940s, he went into teaching, both in colonial Zambia and Tanganyika. In 1949, he came to Zambia and became a member of the African National Congress, a major anticolonial organization in Northern Rhodesia. During the 1950s, he rose to a leadership post in the organization, but split with it and formed a new organization, after a clash over strategy in the later part of the decade. He imposed a strategy of "positive nonviolent action" against the colonial rule of Great Britain. By the early 1960s, Britain had to decolonize Zambia and in 1964, granted independence to the country. He became the first president of the country and served until 1991, when he stepped down after his party lost in the presidential election. During his tenure, he ruled mostly with one-party rule, which was imposed in 1972. Also living standards in Zambia went down after the oil crisis of 1973 and the nationalization of most major industries in the country. In 1990, he legalized opposition parties and set the stage for free, multiparty elections in 1991. After leaving office, he stood in opposition to the new government and continued in the public arena until his passing.

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