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World leaders arrive for Kaunda’s state memorial

Foreign dignitaries have arrived in Zambia’s capital for Kenneth Kaunda’s state memorial.

The patriarch of African independence died at the age of 97 last month. He succumbed to pneumonia.

The giant of African nationalism will be remembered by past and present African leaders who will be attending his official memorial service here in Lusaka.

Zambia’s military has been flying the liberation hero’s body to the country’s 10 regions to give the public an opportunity to pay their last respects.

Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu addressed the nation on Thursday night, and declared public holidays for the day of the memorial and the funeral on Wednesday.

KK, as he was affectionately called by his followers, will be remembered for waiving his white handkerchief to cheering crowds – a symbol of love and humility for his country.

Mr Kaunda will be buried next week at a private ceremony for family and invited guests.

-BBC

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