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Betty Kaunda
1st First Lady of Zambia
In role
24 October 1964 – 2 November 1991
President Kenneth Kaunda
Preceded by Position created
Succeeded by Vera Tembo
Personal details
Born (1928-11-17)November 17, 1928
Chinsali, Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia)
Died September 18, 2012(2012-09-18) (aged 83)
Harare, Zimbabwe
Spouse(s) Kenneth Kaunda (1946–2012; her death)

Betty Kaunda, born Beatrice Kaweche Banda (17 November 1928 – 18 September 2012) was the wife of Kenneth Kaunda the first president of Zambia, and the 1st First Lady of Zambia from 1964 to 1991. She was locally called Mother of Zambia. As the First Lady, she was part of many diplomatic visits and matron of many organizations. As a politician, she led a very simple life even after becoming the First Lady and never gave in to the luxuries of the position.

Betty was considered the national mother by Zambian citizens. Betty suffered from diabetes for many years. She died in the early hours of 19 September in Harare while visiting her daughter. Her burial was planned initially was Lubwa Mission, but was moved to the capital Lusaka on account of waning health of Dr. Kaunda.

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