• Short Summary

    The Zambian Vice-president, Mr Mainza Chona, told reporters at Nairobi Airport on friday (15 September) that there was misunderstanding about the security alert in Zambia this week in which international flights were suspended and the home guard called out.

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    The Zambian Vice-president, Mr Mainza Chona, told reporters at Nairobi Airport on friday (15 September) that there was misunderstanding about the security alert in Zambia this week in which international flights were suspended and the home guard called out.

    He said it was only practice alert.

    However on Saturday (16 September), Reuters news agency reported from Lusaka that all international and internal flights had been cancelled again-the second time in three days that civilian air traffic was disrupted by what airline officials called 'military exercises'.

    At Nairobi Airport, Mr Chona said the first security alert had been called as part of a plan to gain the peoples' co-operation in fighting crime and in meeting possible external aggression.

    He was speaking during a stop-over in Kenya on his way to The People's Republic of China and North Korea.

    SYNOPSIS: An explanation for the mysterious security alert in Zambia this week was given by Vice-President Chona at nairobi Airport.

    Waiting to greet him on Friday were the Kenyan Housing Minister, mr Paul Ngei, and officials.

    Mr Chona made the brief stop-over on his way to visit The People's Republic of China and North Korea. two days earlier, a surprise Government order in zambia had grounded all private aircraft and mobilised the home guard in the capital, Lusaka. Speculation was heightened when all internal flights were cancelled on 'Thursday and an East African Airways airliner turned back at the Zambian border. There was no statement from the Zambian Government until Vice-President Chona landed at Nairobi on Friday.

    However, soon after his explanation that the security alert had been misunderstood, reports from Lusaka said internal and international flights had again been cancelled.

    Vice-President Chona told a news conference that the alert had been called as a practice and had not been intended to affect commercial flights.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5UJ6ERY5BO83YOOLH3YM2SG5F
    Media URN:
    VLVA5UJ6ERY5BO83YOOLH3YM2SG5F
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/09/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:44:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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