Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda told a Women's League meeting in Lusaka on Sunday (16 December) to rally behind his ruling United National Independence Party in the struggle against what he termed the racist regimes of Rhodesia and South Africa.
SV AND CU INTERIOR: Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda waves as audience chants at his arrival at Mulungushi Hall in Lusaka (2 shots)
CU: Kaunda speaking in English. (2 shots)
KAUNDA: "As we all know, the Zambian Women militants were right in the forefront of our struggle. They gave constant and invaluable help and inspiration to our freedom fighters. The women openly defied and demonstrated against the colonial oppressor, and some were arrested, tortured and imprisoned like their men counterparts.
Since 1965 Zambia has paid a very high price for supporting the liberation wars in southern Africa. There have been incessant wanton attacks on us, and violation of Zambia's airspace by racist regimes of Rhodesia and South Africa. I announced about one month ago that Zambia was in a full-scale war situation with the rebels, following the sabotage of economic installations in Zambia by rebel and South African forces. This means, my dear sisters, that every woman in Zambia, wherever she may be, must rally behind the party, so that we can defend our hard-won independence."
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Background: Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda told a Women's League meeting in Lusaka on Sunday (16 December) to rally behind his ruling United National Independence Party in the struggle against what he termed the racist regimes of Rhodesia and South Africa. President Kaunda's remarks came on the eve of the final ceasefire agreement at with the Rhodesian Patriotic Front forces at London's Rhodesia conference. Zambia has been providing a territorial base for the Front in its war against the Salisbury administration.
SYNOPSIS: President Kaunda received a rousing welcome by the delegates of the Women's League Conference. He is one of the five 'front line' leaders who have encouraged the Patriotic Front to participate in moves for a peaceful settlement in Rhodesia. Zambia has repeatedly suffered military and economic setbacks for its support for the Patriotic Front guerrillas and President Kaunda thanked the Women's League for their part in the guerrilla struggle.