Kaunda's wife dies in Harare
HARARE, Zimbabwe - Wife to First President of Zambia Kenneth Kaunda ,Betty, has died in Harare aged 84.
Mama Betty Kaunda passed on last night (Tuesday) in Harare, Zimbabwe.
Sources have told The Zimbabwe Mail that Dr. Kaunda’s wife died at her daughter’s home in Harare.
Dr Kaunda’s first born son Colonel Panji Kaunda has confirmed the death of his mother to QFM News this morning.
Colonel Kaunda who is also communication,transport, works and supply deputy Minister says Mama Betty died in a Harare hospital in the early hours of this morning.
The daughter, Musata Kaunda Banda is the counsellor at the High Commission in Zimbabwe.
She was appointed by former president Rupiah Banda.
She is married to a Mr. James Banda.
The first president Kenneth Kaunda is said to be out of the country.
Dr. Kaunda and wife recently celebrated the 66th marriage anniversary in at moving function.
In the picture MAMA Betty Kaunda moved to tears of joy as KK sings for her his favourite and now famous love song “Pagan Moon” during their 66th marriage anniversary at their State Lodge home in Lusaka.
Details will follow later as Dr. Kaunda is reportedly out of the country while first born son Panji is in Mpika on national duties.
She went to school at Mbereshi Girls and also did training at the Mindolo Ecumenical Foundation’s Women’s programme and worked as a teacher in Mufulira.
Kenneth Kaunda the first President of Zambia married married Betty Banda in 1946.Mama Betty, was Zambia’s first lady from October 1964 to November 1991
She preferred to contribute quietly, mostly behind the scenes, to greatly support her family and nation and had been matron of many organisations and projects. She was considered the mother of the nation. National mourning ceremonies are being planned to celebrate her memory.