President Kenneth Kaunda, the man who led Zambia to independence almost ten years ago, celebrated his 50th birthday on Sunday (28 April).
GV Post Office building
SV People queuing for Kaund 50th birthday stamps (2 shots)
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GV Cathedral of the Holy Cross
LV Couple arriving at Cathedral
GV PAN Kaunda's motorcade arrive, Kaunda gets out of car and being greeted
SV PAN Kaunda walks into cathedral
SV PAN Kaunda leaving Cathedral (2 shots)
GV Crowd at Cathedral
SV People signing 'Happy Birthday' to Kaunda.
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Background: President Kenneth Kaunda, the man who led Zambia to independence almost ten years ago, celebrated his 50th birthday on Sunday (28 April).
Although there was general rejoicing throughout the nation, celebrations were deliberately kept low-key since president Kaunda dislikes the idea of a personality cult.
Birthday messages came from many parts of the world, including one from Britain's Queen Elizabeth.
In Zambia a special issue of postage stamps and special editions of newspapers, together with a television programme on the President commemorated the day.
Large queues formed early at main Lusaka Post Offices to buy first day issues of the stamps. They were completely sold out by 1000.
It was President Kaunda who changed the nation into a one-party state by democratic process and rallied former political opponents under the flag of his United National Independence Party (UNIP).
He has brought about many remarkable changes in the internal and external affairs of the country, yet the problems of office have taken little outward toll on the man who has led the nation for almost a decade.