Zambia on Tuesday (25 May) marked Africa Freedom Day with a national holiday and a Presidential Investiture in the grounds of State House in Lusaka, the capital.
SV President Kaunda leaves State House and walks to rostrum
GV Congregation including Mrs Betty Kaunda take their seats
CU Mr Thezza Simwelu receives President's Medal for Gallantry from President Kaunda
GV People applaud
CU Relative receives posthumous award of Order of the Grand Companion on behalf of Mr. Isaac Wampembe Masaiti
SV Old man with child receives medal from Kaunda and walks off (3 shots)
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Background: Zambia on Tuesday (25 May) marked Africa Freedom Day with a national holiday and a Presidential Investiture in the grounds of State House in Lusaka, the capital.
President Kaunda is the current chairman of the Organisation of African Unity. Africa Freedom Day coincided with the eighth anniversary of the OAU, and the President used the occasion to deliver a radio and television broadcast the previous evening concerning the future of the organisation. He warned that this decade would see either the collapse of the OAU, or its growth from strength to strength.
He forecast: "Indeed, the decade of the 1970s is bound to witness strong volleys of resistance tot he forces of liberation on the African continent. This decade will be a much more difficult one and poses the greatest challenge ever to OAU unity."
At the same time, while Africa Day celebration went on in other parts of the continent, students at Ibadan University in Nigeria charged the OAU with incohesion and "shifting ideology", and called for the appointment of ex-Ghanaian President Doctor Kwame Nkrumah as new Secretary-General of the organisation. He is currently in exile in Guinea after being deposed by a military coup in 1966.
SYNOPSIS: President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia held an African Freedom Day Investiture in the grounds of State House in Lusaka on Tuesday, while the country celebrated the occasion with a national holiday.
A large audience, including the President's wife, Mrs. Betty Kaunda, gathered with guests and relatives of the recipients to watch the presentation of nine awards for honourable and gallant service to Zambia.
The day coincided with the eighth anniversary of the Organisation of African Unity, of which President Kaunda is the current Chairman. In a radio and television broadcast the previous evening, he warned that this decade will be a difficult one and will pose the greatest challenge ever to the unity of the OAU. This warning was given more weight on Tuesday evening, when it was reported that students of Nigeria's Ibadan University had accused the Organisation of incohesion and "shifting ideology". They were said to be calling for the appointment of Doctor Kwame Nkrumah as Secretary General of the OAU. The ex-Ghanaian President was toppled from power by a coup in 1966. He is currently in exile in Guinea.