Zambia's President for the past fourteen years, Dr Kenneth Kaunda, has been sworn in for a fourth term.
Zambia's President for the past fourteen years, Dr Kenneth Kaunda, has been sworn in for a fourth term. The ceremony followed an election in which he was the only candidate. The electors had the choice of a 'yes' or 'no' vote for Dr Kaunda, and after the poll Justice Annel Silungwe, the Chief Justice of Zambia, read the results.
SYNOPSIS: Justice Silungwe said there was no doubt Dr Kaunda won a clear mandate. The one-party system was introduced by Dr Kaunda in 1972, but he needed 51 percent of the votes cast to be re-elected. A ceremony punctuated by chanting, drumming and clapping set the seal on Dr Kaunda's dominance of the political scene. At one point a woman smeared 'Impeba', a white paste, on the foreheads of some of those present. It was a gesture that dates back to the days of tribal rule. And Dr Kaunda took an oath of office.
Dr Kaunda said the election had taken place at a time when, he said, the enemy was attacking from left, right and centre. He now plans to seek the approval of the Central Committee of the ruling party to form a smaller and more efficient cabinet than its predecessor. The election result gives him a free hand to tackle the country's severe problems.