Zambian President, Kenneth Kaunda, has attended a ceremony to commemorate servicemen and civilians killed during the First and Second World Wars.
GV Troops on parade at war memorial in Lusaka, Zambia
SV Kaunda with line of security force officers
SV PAN OF Military guard raising rifles
SV War veterans watching ceremony
SV Kaunda laying wreath at memorial and walking away (3 shots)
SV Representatives of police force, Zambian national service, Armed Forces, and Air Force lay wreaths
GV Military band with security snipers on roof of building in background (2 shots)
SV Kaunda gets into car
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Background: Zambian President, Kenneth Kaunda, has attended a ceremony to commemorate servicemen and civilians killed during the First and Second World Wars. On Sunday (9 November), the President laid a wreath at the Lusaka cenotaph during the annual Remembrance Day service.
SYNOPSIS: Zambian Party Secretary General Mainza Chona, Prime Minister Daniel Lisulo, and government ministers stood alongside Army Commander Lieutenant-General Malimba Masheke and members of the Armed Forces at the ceremony. There were hymns and prayers from Church leaders.
Armed security troops stood on the rooftops around the cenotaph during Sunday's (9 November) service. The memorial service took place less than two weeks after President Kaunda's announcement of a foiled coup plot. A number of prominent businessmen and former government officials had been arrested shortly before the President accused unnamed right-wing dissidents of plotting to overthrow his socialist government. One of those picked up the police swoop, former Zambian High Commissioner to Britain, Elias Chipimo, was set free twelve days later. But no other detainees have been released. On October 23, Dr. Kaunda imposed a dawn-to-dusk curfew on Lusaka and other urban areas.
The curfew is still being strictly controlled. The President has accused South Africa of backing Zairean mercenaries and Zambian revolutionaries in the coup attempt.
Dr. Kaunda banned opposition parties in 1972. On November 7, he told a national council meeting of his United National Independence Party (UNIP) in Lusaka that a strong UNIP was the key to the country's salvation. Zambia's copper-dominated economy has encountered grave problems with low world demand for the metal. Unemployment is high, especially in urban areas, and many people have called for the dismantlement of state-owned industries, which critics say are hampered in their operation by over-centralised state apparatus. Dr. Kaunda has repeatedly appealed for self-discipline and hard work to counter Zambia's economic difficulties.