Kaunda’s funeral under way

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The funeral of the late Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda has begun in Lusaka.

Foreign dignitaries from South Africa, Zimbabwe and Namibia are among the mourners scheduled to pay their last respects to the elderly statesman.

The 97-year-old died in hospital from pneumonia last month.

Live proceedings of the funeral:

The funeral is taking place at the Lusaka showgrounds following a week of provincial memorial services and lying in state.

Concerns over the numerous crowd gathering events have been raised as the country battles record breaking daily COVID-19 infections.

Looking back at the life of Zambia’s first president:

Remembering Kaunda: