• Short Summary

    IN THE POCKET-SIZED BRITISH PROTECTORATE OF BAROTSELAND IN CENTRAL AFRICA, ELECTORS WENT TO THE POLLS YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) TO FILL 18 OF THE 25 NATIONAL COUNCIL SEATS.

  • Description

    IN THE POCKET-SIZED BRITISH PROTECTORATE OF BAROTSELAND IN CENTRAL AFRICA, ELECTORS WENT TO THE POLLS YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) TO FILL 18 OF THE 25 NATIONAL COUNCIL SEATS. SEVEN HAVE ALREADY BEEN FILLED BY UNITED NATIONAL INDEPENDENCE PARTY CANDIDATES WHO WERE RETURNED UNOPPOSED.

    BAROTSELAND, A PROTECTORATE IN NORTHERN RHODESIA, IS RULED BY LITUNGA (KING) SIR WMANAMINA LEWANIKA, WHO VIEWS WITH SUSPICION THE ADVANCE OF THE NEW AFRICAN NATIONALISM. HE FEARS HIS TRADITIONAL AUTHORITY WILL BE OVERTHROWN IF THE TERRITORY IS INCORPORATED WITHIN THE BOUNDARIES OF A FREE NORTHERN RHODESIA.

    HE AND HIS ADVISERS HAVE PRESSED BRITAIN FOR HIGH COMMISSION STATUS WITH A SEPARATE ADMINISTRATION, BUT SHARING THE COMMON SERVICES WITH NORTHERN RHODESIA. HOWEVER, THE DIFFICULTIES ARISING FROM SEPARATE ADMINISTRATIONS HAS BEEN POINTED OUT TO THE BAROTSES.

    THIS WEEK'S ELECTION WILL HELP DETERMINE WHETHER THIS SEMI-FEUDAL KINGDOM SHOULD BE GIVEN THE RIGHT TO SECEDE. NORTHERN RHODESIA' UNIP MOVEMENT UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF DR. KENNETH KAUNDA HAS CANDIDATES FOR ALL 18 VACANT SEATS. YET SHOULD THE UNIP SWEEP THE BOARD IT WILL STILL HAVE TO CONTEND WITH A SOLID BLOC OF NOMINATED MEMBERS WHICH ACT AS AN ADVISORY BODY TO THE KING.

    THIS FILM WAS TAKEN IN MONGU, THE DUSTY CAPITAL OF BAROTSELAND. SCENES SHOW THE POPULATION TROOPING IN, QUEUEING UP TO VOTE AND THE VILLAGE HEADMEN "VETTING" THE VOTERS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAAFJBTQ896M2DNEOQ2B537TT
    Media URN:
    VLVAAFJBTQ896M2DNEOQ2B537TT
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/08/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:39:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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