LUSAKA, June 14 (Xinhua) -- Zambia's first President Kenneth Kaunda, who is 97 years old, has been hospitalized, his office said on Monday.
Rodrick Ngolo, Kaunda's administrative assistant, confirmed that the country's first president has been admitted to the Maina Soko Medical Center in Lusaka, the country's capital.
"His Excellency Dr. Kaunda is requesting all Zambians and the international community to pray for him as the medical team is doing everything possible to ensure that he recovers," Ngolo said.
Zambian President Edgar Lungu has since urged Zambians to pray for Kaunda.
"He stood up for this great nation at its most critical moment, and so we can all stand up for him in his moment of weakness," Lungu wrote on his Facebook page.