Death is inevitable and every human alive is expected to die one day. When death strikes, it creates a vacuum that is always hard to fill. This inevitable vacuum may have just been created in the heart of Zambians following the death of one of the country's founding fathers. According to a report on The Punch, Kenneth Kaunda, the first President of the country, has just passed away.
Recall that Kenneth Kaunda became Zambia's President immediately after the country gained Independence from Britain, and ruled the country for about 27 years. According to the report, Kenneth Kaunda's death came a few days after he was admitted to Maina Soko Military Hospital in Lusaka, the Zambian capital, where he was being treated for Pneumonia.
Kaunda was one of the first generation of African leaders as he took over from the Europeans immediately after his country's independence from Britain. He was instrumental in guiding the landlocked Southern Africa country through its hard days, maintaining domestic stability and also served as a base for movements struggling against his superior white neighbours in Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Kenneth Kaunda's death at age 97 may have created a vacuum in the heart of Zambians who will surely miss their visionary former leader. He was instrumental in the moulding of present-day Zambia, and his heroism may not be forgotten in a hurry. However, just as it is a natural law for every living human to die someday, Kenneth Kaunda has gone home to meet his ancestors, leaving a vacuum in Zambia.
Kenneth Kaunda's death is indeed a great loss to the South African country, as they will surely miss his wealth of experience. But as it stands, Zambians can only pray that his soul rests in peace, as no amount of mourning will be able to bring him back to life.
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