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Tuesday, 18 December, 2001, 13:53 GMT
Kaunda junior: Son of the nation
Tilyenji Kaunda
Tilyenji was named Unip leader after his brother's death
BBC News Online profiles one of Zambia's leading presidential candidates.

Tilyenji Kaunda has inherited a political party from his father but he is not satisfied.

He also wants to follow in his father's footsteps and become Zambia's president.

Kenneth Kaunda
Family resemblence?

The United National Independence Party (Unip) may no longer be the much-feared implement of state-control and meal ticket it was when all other parties were outlawed by Kenneth Kaunda, known affectionately as KK.

But it is still a very useful vehicle for aspiring politicians, especially those with famous names.

Unip has been rocked by in-fighting since KK stepped down as party leader in 2000 and only retains much support in the Eastern Province.


Mr Kaunda senior, backed by his Unip party, ruled Zambia for 27 years, following independence in 1964.

It is believed that he had originally intended his son, Wezi, to replace him as party leader.

Wezi Kaunda
Wezi Kaunda was shot dead in November 1999

But he was shot dead in November 1999 and after a brief period away from the Kaunda dynasty under Francis Nkhoma, the 47-year-old Tilyenji was appointed party leader in April this year.

When KK became president, Zambia was among the richest countries in Africa.

But under his rule, living standards plummeted.


This was partly due to a slump in the world price of copper, Zambia's principal export but Mr Kaunda's socialist policies were also widely blamed.

His election defeat by Frederick Chiluba in 1991 was greeted with jubilation in Lusaka.

But Mr Chiluba's promises to restore living standards have not materialised and most Zambians remain stuck in poverty.

Now, some are becoming nostalgic and Kenneth Kaunda is once-again being remembered as "father of the nation".

Observers say that if he joined the campaign trail on behalf of his son, he could pull in some extra votes.

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