Zambia’s first President Kenneth Kaunda has been admitted to a local hospital for a routine medical checkup, his office said in a statement released on Tuesday.
Cheswa Silwizya, the former president’s senior executive officer in charge of protocol said Kaunda was admitted on Monday at a hospital in Lusaka, the country’s capital and will be there for a few days.
“First Republican President Dr Kenneth Kaunda was yesterday admitted to a Lusaka hospital for routine medical checkup. He will remain there for a few days. Doctors looking after the first president have recommended that he undergoes checkup following a very busy local and international schedule during the past three months,” she said.
The official, who is also the former president’s daughter, has however assured that there was no need for people to worry as it was just a routine checkup.
Kaunda, who ruled Zambia from 1964 to 1991, will celebrate his 91st birthday on 28 April.
“Dr Kaunda will be turning 91-years-old on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 and his doctors and family wants to ensure that he remains in good health and fully rested. The Office of the First President and his family, wish to assure the nation that Dr Kaunda’s hospitalization is purely precautionary given his age,” she added.
The former Zambian leader, who is currently engaged in fighting the HIV/AIDS pandemic through his Kenneth Kaunda Children of Africa Foundation, has had a busy schedule in recent months.
Last month, he was a special guest at Namibia’s 25th independence anniversary as well as the inauguration ceremony of that country’s new President Hage Geingob. He later went to South Africa to attend a three-day meeting of The Champions for an AIDS- Free Generation.
In February this year, Kaunda was admitted to a local hospital for unknown illness and in 2014 he was admitted to the same hospital after he complained of fatigue. Enditem