Heads of State and delegations from many countries watched an impressive military march past in Lusaka the Zambian capital on Thursday (24 October).
GV Band marching
GV Troops carrying machine guns
SV Kaunda watches march past
V Jeeps go by
SV Samora Machel watching parade
GV Anti-aircraft gunds towed past
GV Helicopters fly over
GV Kaunda arrives at Independence Stadium
SV Samora Machel leaves car
SV African leaders arrive (2 shots)
GV VIPs watch calisthenics display
GV and CU Korean trainers watch display
GV VIPs watch display
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Background: Heads of State and delegations from many countries watched an impressive military march past in Lusaka the Zambian capital on Thursday (24 October).
Helicopters hovered overhead and heavily armed motorised infantry swept by as President Kenneth Kaunda reviewed Zambia's military might in celebrations marking the 10th anniversary of Zambia's independence from British colonial rule.
It was on October 24, 1964 that Northern Rhodesia became Zambia under the leadership of Dr. Kaunda.
Among African leaders watching the parade with Dr. Kaunda were President Julius Nyerere of Tanzania, Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire, Marien Ngouabi of Congo, Sir Seretse Khama of Botswana, Michael Micombero of Burundi and King Moshoeshoe of Lesotho.
Also present was Mr. Samora Machel, leader of the Mozambique Nationalist movement, Frelimo, which will take over the reins of power in the Portuguese territory next June.
Zambia has always been a staunch supporter of Frelimo and it was here that the independence settlement between Portugal and Frelimo was signed.
Later, President Kaunda watched a mass physical fitness display at the Lusaka Independence Stadium.
SYNOPSIS: Although the whole of Zambia was in a festive mood, Dr. Kaunda made it clear that there was no room for complacency. Zambia is a one Party State and Dr. Kaunda recently announced that he would launch an all-out attack on counter revolutionaries. He also reminded Zambian of the situation in Southern Africa and expressed his willingness to help find a solution there.
The spectators were delighted with a beautiful physical fitness display by boys and girls from Lusaka schools. The children used their gymnastics to portray the achievements of their country in mime.
The boys and girls were trained by sportsmen and women from North Korea. From humble beginnings as a British colon Zambia has emerged as a major political and economic force in Africa.
Under Dr. Kaunda's leadership Zambia has achieved much in ten years. On present indications it faces a bright future.