The electoral transition went easily, however what adopted didn’t. Mr. Chiluba started depicting his predecessor as a dictator who had ruined the nation, blaming him for Zambia’s financial troubles. Offended, Mr. Kaunda returned to politics, to run towards Mr. Chiluba in 1996. However Mr. Chiluba was capable of block Mr. Kaunda’s candidacy within the courts. Then, in 1997, as Mr. Kaunda was on his approach to a political rally, gunmen fired into his automotive, wounding him — a bullet grazed his brow — and a celebration employee. Mr. Kaunda instructed reporters that he had been warned that these in energy had marked him for assassination.
Later that very same yr, a number of junior officers set off a three-hour disturbance that the federal government accused Mr. Kaunda of getting ordered as an tried coup. He was positioned below home arrest. The costs had been dropped a number of months later, however in March 1999, Zambia’s highest court docket, ruling in a case that had been introduced by Mr. Chiluba’s authorities below nationality legal guidelines launched in 1996, stripped Mr. Kaunda of his citizenship, saying he was not entitled to it as a result of his mother and father had been born in Nyasaland, a British protectorate that’s now Malawi. The authorities threatened to deport him.
Their risk was finally not carried out, however the court docket ruling successfully excluded Mr. Kaunda from contesting additional presidential elections, which had been restricted to residents whose mother and father had been born inside Zambia’s frontiers.
His travails didn’t finish there.
In November of that yr, 4 gunmen shot and killed his 47-year-old son, Wezi, within the driveway of his house in Lusaka. The youthful Mr. Kaunda, a retired military main, had been a rising determine in his father’s opposition United Nationwide Independence Occasion. The authorities described the episode as a carjacking, however many suspected assassination.
A Lion Flees
Kenneth David Kaunda was born on April 28, 1924, at a Church of Scotland mission within the northern a part of what was then Northern Rhodesia. His father, David, had been ordained within the church and labored on the mission as a trainer. His mom, Helen (Nyirenda) Kaunda, had been one of many first African academics within the area.
Kenneth, the youngest of six youngsters to outlive childbirth, was born within the twentieth yr of his mother and father’ marriage. They nicknamed him Buchizya, or “sudden one.”