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Kenneth Kaunda Biography, Age, Who is, Children, Death, Wife, Education, Net Worth

Kenneth Kaunda served as the first President of independent Zambia (1964-1991). He played a leading role in Zambia’s independence movement
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Kenneth Kaunda was born on April 28, 1924 in Chinsali, Zambia (96 years old). Kenneth Kaunda is a World Leader, zodiac sign: Taurus. Find out Kenneth Kaundanet worth, salary detail below.

First Name Kenneth
Last Name Kaunda
Profession World Leader
Age 95 years old
Birth Sign Taurus
Birth Date April 28, 1924
Birth Place Chinsali, Zambia
Country Zambia

Kenneth Kaunda Biography

Kenneth Kaunda served as the first President of independent Zambia (1964-1991). He played a leading role in Zambia’s independence movement. During his presidency, Kaunda (nicknamed KK), often served as a buffer between the states in southern Africa that were predominately white and the independent states in the north that were predominately black. In an effort to move the territory towards independence from the British rule, he made a bold move by breaking away from the African National Congress. After his departure, he founded the Zambian African National Congress. The ZANC’s mission was to promote the rights of black people, but after the upsurge of civil disobedience, the party was banned. After his departure from the African National Congress and banning of the ZANC, Kaunda went on to become the head of the United National Independence Party. A charismatic-leader, Kaunda, as President of Zambia, was initially revered by the citizens, but overtime, these very citizens became disenchanted by his policies. After serving as president for more than two decades, he voluntarily stepped down from office after pressure to implement multiparty politics.

Kenneth Kaunda Age

Kenneth David Kaunda was born on April 28, 1924 at Lubwa Mission in Chinsali, Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia). He is the youngest of eight children. His father was a teacher and a minister and his mother was the first African woman to teach in colonial Zambia.

Kenneth Kaunda Education Background

He attended the Munali Training Centre from 1941-1943. The training center was located in Lusaka. After completion of his studies at the Training Centre, he went on to teach at the Upper Primary School in Lubwa in 1943. He was also the headmaster at the school from 1944 to 1947.

He left the school in Lubwa, he founded the farmers’ cooperative in a copper mining area. He also became a mine welfare officer in 1948. He couldn’t stay away from teaching though and from 1948-1949 he served as the headmaster at Mufulira Upper School.

Kenneth Kaunda Career

Kaunda helped establish the African National Congress (ANC), the first key anti-colonial establishment organization in Northern Rhodesia. He served under ANC president Harry Nkumbula, from 1953-1958 as the group’s secretary general.

In 1958, he became disenchanted with Nkumbula’s policies and left the African National Congress to establish the Zambia African National Union. His party was banned in 1959 after upsurge in civil disobedience. This resulted in Kaunda spending nine months in jail. After he was released in 1960, he became the president of the new United National Independence Party (UNIP). Two years later, he was elected to the Legislative Council.

In 1960, he visited Martin Luther King Jr. in Atlanta, Georgia. Inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr., he went on to establish a civil disobedience campaign, known as the Cha-cha-cha campaign. The participants in this campaign engaged in arson and blocking major roadways.

In October 1964, Zambia won its independence and Kaunda became the first president. His charisma and intolerance for dissent helped him to remain in power but slowly and gradually, it turned out to be his downfall.

In 1991, under pressure to create multiparty politics, he stepped down from the presidency. Movement for Multiparty Democracy won the election with Frederick Chiluba as president. He retired from politics after being accused of being involved in a failed coup attempt in 1997.

Kenneth Kaunda Family

Being president meant Dr Kaunda was usually too busy for the family. Musata talks of a father who was never really available for his children.

Kenneth Kaunda Children

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Kenneth Kaunda Awards & Achievements

  • He was ‘African President-in-Residence’ at the African Presidential Archives and Research Center, Boston University, from 2002 to 2004.
  • He received the National Heritage Council, Ubuntu Award, 2007
  • He was recognized as a Roving Ambassador by President Michael Sata

Kenneth Kaunda Personal Life

Is Kenneth Kaunda married? In 1946, he married Beatrice Kaweche Banda who bore eight children. They remained married until her death in 2012.

An avid ballroom Dancer, he’s been spotted in the audience of Dancing with the Stars.

Kenneth Kaunda Net Worth

According to Wikipedia, Forbes, IMDb & Various Online resources, famous World Leader Kenneth Kaunda’s net worth is $108 Million at the age of 95 years old. He earned the money being a professional World Leader. He is from Zambia

Kenneth Kaunda death

Kenneth Kaunda, Zambia’s founding president and liberation hero, has died at a military hospital in the capital, Lusaka, where he was being treated for pneumonia. He was 97.

Kaunda ruled Zambia from 1964, when the Southern African nation won its independence from Britain, until 1991, and afterwards became one of the most committed activists against HIV/AIDS in Africa.

Facts About Kenneth Kaunda

  1. Kenneth Kaunda’s age 95 years old.
  2. Birthday April 28, 1924.
  3. Birth Sign Taurus.
  4. He was also the 3rd Secretary General of the Non-Aligned Movement from 1970 to 1973.
  5. Kenneth died on 17th June, 2021
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