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Zambia’s founding president and giant of African nationalism, Kenneth Kaunda, will be remembered by past and present African leaders attending his official memorial service here in Lusaka.

Kaunda died from pneumonia at the age of 97 last month.

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.

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 known, will be remembered for not only leading his country to independence but supporting liberation movements across the region.

The former president will be buried next week at a private ceremony for family and invited guests.

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