President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia has accused dissidents -- led by former cabinet ministers -- of being behind a plot to assassinate him and overthrow his government.
GV: Secretary General of the ruling United National Independence Party, Mr Mainza Chona walks past demonstrators with banners chanting slogans.( 3 shots)
GV AND CU: Banners as demonstrators sing. (2 shots)
GV: Mr Chono leading demonstrators chanting slogan 'One nation, one leader' and making short speech. (2 shots)
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Background: President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia has accused dissidents -- led by former cabinet ministers -- of being behind a plot to assassinate him and overthrow his government. He claims sections of the state-controlled press have launched "a vicious and malicious campaign" against the government. And his main criticism has been directed at a former High Commissioner to Britain??? Mr Elias Chipimo, who is chairman of the Standard Bank of Zambia
SYNOPSIS: On Wednesday (23 April)-a day after the President made his claims - crowds gathered in Lusaka to demonstrate their support for him. They were greeted by the Secretary-General of the ruling United National Independence Party, Mr Mainza Chona, who is regarded as President Kaunda's deputy. The President's attack followed and article in the "Times of Zambia" by Mr Chipimo. He was quoted as urging leaders of Third World countries -- especially those in Africa -- to change from single to multi-party constitutions as "a surest way of avoiding coups".
The President's supporters chanted slogans condemning MR Chipimo, who Dr Kaunda described as "a fascist of the worst kind".
As the demonstrators chanted "one nation, one leader". Mr Chona told them President Kaunda's party had worked hard to get rid of Ian Smith in Zimbabwe. And now Zambians did not want any Smiths in their midst. Another target for criticism has been the acting editor of the "Times of Zambia", Mr William Saidi, who was fired by Dr Kaunda two years ago but later reinstated. The former cabinet ministers cited include Mr John Mwanakatwe, who was Finance Minister and once a close associate of the President. Dr Kaunda has appealed to the armed forces and Zambian people not to be influenced by the dissidents.