• Short Summary

    MEDICAL AND BLOOD SUPPLIES WERE FLOWN TO NORTHERN RHODESIA'S REMOTE NORTHERN PROVINCES TODAY (FRIDAY) WHERE GOVERNMENT TROOPS YESTERDAY STORMED THE STRONGHOLD OF THE FANATICAL LUMPA RELIGIOUS SECT.

  • Description

    MEDICAL AND BLOOD SUPPLIES WERE FLOWN TO NORTHERN RHODESIA'S REMOTE NORTHERN PROVINCES TODAY (FRIDAY) WHERE GOVERNMENT TROOPS YESTERDAY STORMED THE STRONGHOLD OF THE FANATICAL LUMPA RELIGIOUS SECT.

    OFFICIAL ESTIMATES OF THE CASUALTIES ARE THAT SIXTY FOLLOWERS OF "PROPHETESS" ALICE LENSHINA, WERE KILLED IN THE MILITARY ACTION WHICH TOOK PLACE AT SIONE VILLAGE NEAR CHINSALI. MORE THAN 50 PEOPLE WERE REPORTED WOUNDED, INCLUDING SIX SOLDIERS AND ONE POLICEMAN.

    EYE-WITNESS ACCOUNTS OF THE BATTLE SAID THAT THE CRUDELY ARMED FOLLOWERS OF MISS LENSHINA CHARGED THE GOVERNMENT FORCES DEFIANTLY SCREAMING THEIR WAR CRY "JERICHO". THE CHARGE WAS MET BY A WITHERING FIRE FROM SMALL ARMS.

    MEANWHILE, THE WHEREABOUTS OF MISS LENSHINA ARE UNKNOWN, ALTHOUGH REPORTS ARE REACHING LUSAKA THAT ANOTHER LARGE CONCENTRATION OF LUMPA FOLLOWERS IS GATHERING AT A VILLAGE 70 MILES (112 KMS) SOUTH OF CHINSALI.

    SINCE THE CLASHES STARTED TWO EUROPEAN POLICE OFFICERS HAVE BEEN KILLED AND ONE OF THEM, ASSISTANT INSPECTOR DEREK SMITH, 22-YEAR-OLD, WAS GIVEN A CEREMONIAL FUNERAL AT NDOLA ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 29).

    INSPECTOR SMITH, WHOSE FAMILY LIVES AT WALTON-ON-NAZE, IN ESSEX, ENGLAND, WAS FATALLY WOUNDED BY A SPEAR WHEN HE LED A PATROL INTO THE STOCKADED VILLAGE OF CHAPAULA, IN THE CHINSALI DISTRICT ON JULY 24. DURING THE FIGHTING AN AFRICAN CONSTABLE WAS ALSO KILLED.

    THE TRIBESMEN SUFFERED FOUR KILLED, BUT REFUSED TO HAND OVER MR. SMITH'S BODY. IN A WEEKEND BATTLE TO RECOVER IT, RIOT POLICE USED TEAR GAS AND SMALL ARMS AGAINST TRIBESMEN ARMED WITH BOWS AND ARROWS, SPEARS AND MUZZLE-LOADING RIFLES. SEVENTEEN VILLAGERS DIED IN THE ATTACK.

    AT WEDNESDAY'S FUNERAL, SMITH AND CONSTABLE SAMUEL CHANSA, WHO DIED IN THE SAME SKIRMISH, WERE BURIED SIDE BY SIDE. ABOUT 200 POLICE OF ALL RANKS AND RACES AS WELL AS AFRICAN AND EUROPEAN MOURNERS WERE PRESENT AT THE SIMPLE CEREMONY.

    THE LUMPA CHURCH LED BY PROPHETS LENSHINA, HAS AS ITS DOCTRINE A MIXTURE OF CHRISTIAN BELIEF AND AFRICAN SUPERSTITION. FOR REASONS NO ONE HAS YET BEEN ABLE TO DETERMINE, THE FOLLOWERS OF THE LUMPA CHURCH HAVE GONE ON A RAMPAGE AGAINST SUPPORTERS OF NORTHERN RHODESIA'S PRIME MINISTER, KENNETH KAUNDA.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA42XAMQ3F0J43V79QYWFWB39VG
    Media URN:
    VLVA42XAMQ3F0J43V79QYWFWB39VG
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/07/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:12:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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