Betty Kaunda, the wife of founding republican President Kenneth Kaunda, passed away last evening in Zimbabwe where she had gone to visit her daughter. Colonel Panji Kaunda confirmed this in a telephone interview with ZNBC.
Mama Betty Kaunda was born on November, 17, 1928 at Mpika to Kaweche Banda and Milika Sakala Banda.
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.