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    President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia has launched his country on a course which will take it farther down the road from capitalism.

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    President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia has launched his country on a course which will take it farther down the road from capitalism.

    In a six-hour speech to the National Council of the ruling United National Independence Party (UNIP) in Lusaka, President Kaunda announced changes affecting most facets of life in Zambia.

    Addressing 600 delegates on 30 June, President Kaunda, who has led the country since its independence seven years ago, declared sweeping reforms of land laws, mass med??? Import controls, health, housing and morals.

    He condemned "agreed and exploitation" as he abolished freehold land titles and claimed all unused farm land for the State.

    He announced tightened import restrictions aimed at conserving precious and shrinking foreign currency ???ese????, petrol rationing and state control over cinemas and the ??? industry.

    He also said the Party would take over the only remaining independent newspaper in Zambia, the Times of Zambia and its sister paper, the Sunday Times.

    He criticised the two papers for stories they published in connection with the Government's campaign against nude pictures in the press ??? for publishing a report on secret diplomatic moves over the Rhodesian issue.

    Much ?? Zambia's economic difficulty results from the plummeting price of copper on the world markets. Zambia depends on copper exports for more than 90 per cent of its foreign currency earnings.

    SYNOPSIS: Mulungushi Hall in Lusaka, the capital of Zambia where six-hundred delegates heard President Kenneth Kaunda address the National Council of the United National Independence Party....Zambia's ruling party...last week.

    They heard the President detail his plans to move the country further down the road from capitalism in his effort to combat pressing economic problems triggered by a fall in copper prices.

    His plans include a party takeover of the last independent newspaper in Zambia...as well as nationalisation of unused farm land, the tobacco industry and cinemas. He also announced tough import restrictions on luxury items to protect foreign currency reserves. He also declared changes in laws affecting housing, health and morals. He said:"we must obliterate every kind of waste in our country".

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