• Short Summary

    THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OF ZAMBIA RECONVENED LAST TUESDAY AFTER LAST MONTH'S GENERAL ELECTION AND WAS OFFICIALLY OPENED BY PRESIDENT KENNETH KAUNDA ON THE FOLLOWING DAY.

  • Description

    THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OF ZAMBIA RECONVENED LAST TUESDAY AFTER LAST MONTH'S GENERAL ELECTION AND WAS OFFICIALLY OPENED BY PRESIDENT KENNETH KAUNDA ON THE FOLLOWING DAY.

    THE OPENING WAS A GAY AND COLOURFUL EVENT; IT WAS ATTENDED BY LUSAKA'S CIVIC DIGNITARIES, INCLUDING THE MAYOR, AND ATTRACTED LARGE CROWDS OF CHEERING AND SINGING SPECTATORS. A CEREMONIAL TOUCH WAS PROVIDED BY A GUARD OF HONOUR AND BY A TROOP OF TRADITIONAL DANCERS.

    OPENING THE NEW SESSION, PRESIDENT KAUNDA PLEDGED CONTINUED SUPPORT FOR THE COMMONWEALTH, FOR THE UNITED NATIONS' ORGANISATION, AND FOR THE ORGANISATION OF AFRICAN UNITY. HE ALSO PROMISED A THREE-PRONGED ATTACK ON THE PROBLEMS IN THE WAY OF ZAMBIA'S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: MAXIMUM ATTENTION TO BE PAID TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES; MAXIMUM INDUSTRIAL EXPANSION TO BE ACHIEVED THROUGH THE STATE-OWNED INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION; AND RAPID DEVELOPMENT TO BE FOSTERED IN THE AGRARIAN ECONOMY. DR. KAUNDA ADDED THAT ON THE INDUSTRIAL FRONT GREAT MUTUAL BENEFITS WERE TO BE GAINED FROM PARTNERSHIP WITH PRIVATE INDUSTRY. HE CRITICISED THE CURRENT RATE OF GROWTH IN THE COPPER MINING AND PROMISED MEASURES TO SPEED 17 UP. HE ALSO EXPRESSED HIS GRATIFICATION AT THE EFFICIENT AND PEACEFUL CONDUCT OF LAST MONTH'S ELECTIONS.

    THE AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS (ANC) WAS NOT RECOGNISED, AT THE OPENING SESSION, AS THE COUNTRY'S OFFICIAL OPPOSITION PARTY; THE SPEAKER OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY RULED THAT THE 23 SEATS IT HAD WON WERE NOT SUFFICIENT TO FORM A QUORUM. THE ANC's DEPUTY LEADER, MR NALUMINO MUNDIA, WAS ABSENT FROM THE OPENING: HE WAS PLACED IN RESTRICTION LAST AUGUST.

    (THE NEW HOUSE CONTAINS 86 MEMBERS OF THE RULING UNITED NATIONAL INDEPENDENCE PARTY (FIVE NOMINATED), 23 ANC MEMBERS AND ONE INDEPENDENT, A EUROPEAN.)

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA9OT8FVFPWPGROLTI13P2SDFK2
    Media URN:
    VLVA9OT8FVFPWPGROLTI13P2SDFK2
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/01/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:37:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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