Zambia's President Kenneth Kaunda Tuesday (20 November) cancelled all military leave and announced a call-up of reservists to face an intensified onslaught on key economic targets by Zimbabwe Rhodesian forces.
GV Bombed bridge at Chongwe (4 shots)
SV AND GV President Kaunda speaking in English at news conference (3 shots)
KAUNDA: "Our response to these savage attacks is as follows. One: the cause of the people of Zimbabwe is right. Our support for their cause is just. Two, in this regard we have always refused to be intimidated. We are doing again so now. Three, we refuse to internationalise the war, but as a self-respecting nation, we reserve the right to take all measures to defend ourselves. Four, having considered all these matters, I have taken the following decisions: a) Zambian national service graduates, with the exception of girls, are to be mobilised with immediate effect. Zambians and all residents are called upon to appreciate that we are now in a full-scale war situation. Everyone must therefore be ready to respond whenever called upon to assist. This calls for increased vigilance of all participants of all parts of the country who should ensure that the masses report all suspicious characters to our security forces."
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Background: Zambia's President Kenneth Kaunda Tuesday (20 November) cancelled all military leave and announced a call-up of reservists to face an intensified onslaught on key economic targets by Zimbabwe Rhodesian forces. The President told a news conference that a wave of recent attacks on vital road and rail bridges by Bishop Abel Muzorewa's forces meant that Zambia was now on a full war alert.
SYNOPSIS: One such vital road link was the bridge in Chongwe--forty kilometres from Lusaka. Last monday (19 November) Zimbabwe Rhodesian forces reduced it to rubble. Sofar President Kaunda's 12 thousand-strong army have been unable to stop the helicopter-borne forces from salisbury, but now some 20,000 more recruits are to boost the army's ranks. No one expects Zambia to attack its battle-hardened neighbour, but President Kaunda's announcement will boost the Patriotic Front guerrillas to whose cause, the President says, he is still very much committed.