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    IN A FORMAL CEREMONY IN LUSAKA YESTERDAY (SATURDAY) THE PRESIDENT OF ZAMBIA, DR. KENNETH KAUNDA,?

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    IN A FORMAL CEREMONY IN LUSAKA YESTERDAY (SATURDAY) THE PRESIDENT OF ZAMBIA, DR. KENNETH KAUNDA, RECEIVED THE INSTRUMENTS OF HIS COUNTRY'S INDEPENDENCE FROM THE PRINCESS ROYAL, REPRESENTING QUEEN ELIZABETH.

    THE NEW REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA -- FORMERLY THE BRITISH PROTECTORATE OF NORTHERN RHODESIA -- REACHED INDEPENDENCE AT MID-NIGHT ON FRIDAY NIGHT, AFTER 70 YEARS OF BRITISH RULE. CELEBRATIONS EARLIER IN THE NIGHT INCLUDED A PERFORMANCE IN LUSAKA OF MORE THAN 1,000 DANCERS FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY.

    AT MIDNIGHT, THE UNION JACK WAS LOWERED CEREMONIALLY AND ZAMBIA'S NEW FLAG WAS UNFURLED TO THE CHEERS OF SPECTATORS AND THE BOOMING OF CANNON. THE FLAG IS RED, BLACK, ORANGE AND GREEN, AND EMBLAZONED WITH AN EAGLE. THE NIGHT'S CELEBRATIONS ENDED WITH A FIREWORKS DISPLAY.

    DR. KAUNDA WAS SWORN IN AS FIRST PRESIDENT OF ZAMBIA BY THE COUNTRY'S NEW CHIEF JUSTICE THE NEXT DAY. ALL FORMAL CEREMONIES TOOK PLACE IN A GIANT STADIUM THE SIZE OF FIVE FOOTBALL FIELDS AND SPECIALLY BUILT FOR THE OCCASION. THEY WERE ATTENDED BY A HUGE CROWD INCLUDING REPRESENTATIVES FROM MORE THAN 60 COUNTRIES. AMONG THEM WAS PRESIDENT NYERERE OF TANGANYIKA-ZANZIBAR.

    AFTER HE HAD TAKEN THE OATH OF OFFICE, PRESIDENT KAUNDA RECEIVED THE INSTRUMENTS OF INDEPENDENCE FROM THE PRINCESS ROYAL. A FANFARE OF TRUMPETS SOUNDED AND THE HUGE CROWD CHEERED. PRESIDENT KAUNDA THEN MADE HIS FIRST PRESIDENTIAL SPEECH, SAYING HE LOOKED FORWARD TO "THE GROWTH OF A NEW POLITICAL RELATIONSHIP WITH THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT AS WE EMERGE AS A FULL AND EQUAL MEMBER OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF NATIONS."
    ZAMBIA IS THE 20TH INDEPENDENT AFRICAN STATE WITHIN THE COMMONWEALTH. THREE TIMES THE SIZE OF BRITAIN, ZAMBIA HAS A POPULATION OF ABOUT 3,500,000.

    (PRESIDENT KAUNDA AND PRESIDENT NYERERE HAVE WRITTEN A JOINT LETTER TO THE BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, MR. WILSON, EXPRESSING APPRECIATION FOR HIS INSISTENCE THAT ANY GOVERNMENT IN RHODESIA SHOULD REPRESENT ALL THE PEOPLE BEFORE IT RECEIVED INDEPENDENCE. PRESIDENT KAUNDA REVEALED THIS AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY.)

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6JIUA9X0ZR8XE7HG11WZU49N1
    Media URN:
    VLVA6JIUA9X0ZR8XE7HG11WZU49N1
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/10/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:50:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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