Security forces remained on alert throughout Zambia on Tuesday (28 October) following President Kenneth Kaunda's announcement the previous day of an attempted coup on his leadership.
CU EXTERIOR Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda speaking in English at news conference as newsmen listen. (7 SHOTS)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 1: KAUNDA: "We received an ultimatum. The South African soldiers, or their commander, sent out messages to our forces in (INDISTINCT) and said if you don't meet us, if your commander doesn't meet our commander we are going to shell, we are going to bombard, that's the word they used, we are going to bombard the Shesheke, we are going to flatten it. Intelligence reports were being received that there was a gang here of foreigners that was preparing to topple this government and that this gang was fired by certain Zambian elements. thanks to the real extremely effective good work of our defence and security forces, thanks to the cooperation of our people especially those in the Shibange area, party militants and ordinary people there in the Homumba area we have now captured more than 40 of these people We have since arrested some Zambians through the information that we got and as I say we, the State is very happy to prosecute both the Zambian elements as well as the foreign elements they were going to use to overthrow our government."
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Background: Security forces remained on alert throughout Zambia on Tuesday (28 October) following President Kenneth Kaunda's announcement the previous day of an attempted coup on his leadership. Mr. Kaunda told reporters that a South Africa supported plot by dissident Zambians had been broken up.