• Short Summary

    PRESIDENT KAUNDA OF ZAMBIA ON SATURDAY ANNOUNCED PLANS FOR A POPULAR DEFENCE SYSTEM WITHIN ZAMBIA TO INCLUDE ALMOST ALL THE POPULATION OF THE COUNTRY.

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    KAUNDA ARRIVING; CROWD WITH PLACARDS; KAUNDA ON ROSTRUM; SOLDIERS PAST; KAUNDA SPEAKS



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    KAUNDA: I THINK WE ARE REVOLUTIONARY ENOUGH TO CARRY OUT A TYPE OF GOVERNMENT THAT WILL FIT THE REVOLUTIONARY TIMES OF AFRICA, THAT AFRICA AND THE REST OF THE WORLD ARE GOING THROUGH. MEMBERS WILL BE GLAD TO KNOW THAT I HAVE ALREADY GIVEN INSTRUCTIONS TO MY PERMANENT SECRETARY OF DEFENCE, AND TO THE ARMY COMMANDER, DIRECTING THAT THEY WORK OUT A DEFENCE SYSTEM IN THE ZAMBIA, WHICH WILL INVOLVE LITERALLY EVERYBODY IN ZAMBIA, EVERYBODY. I HOPE THAT DURING THE 1970 TO 1980 PERIOD, WE WILL HAVE ACHIEVED THIS COMPLETELY. NOW, WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? THIS MEANS THAT WHILE WE CONTINUE TO HAVE AN EFFICIENT ARMY OF PROFESSIONAL SOLDIERS, THEY WILL BE SUPPORTED BY ALL THEIR FELLOW MEN AND WOMEN IN THE COUNTRY. THEY THEMSELVES, THAT IS THE PROFESSIONAL SOLDIERS, WILL TRAIN THE REST OF THE NATION, SO THAT BY 1980, EVERYBODY SHOULD BE ABLE TO DEFEND THE REVOLUTION. THIS MEANS, I REPEAT, AN EFFICIENT PROFESSIONAL ARMY TRAINING THE MASSES OF OUR PEOPLE AS HOME GUARDS. I WANT TO SEE EVERY MINISTER WEARING THE UNIFORM OF A HOMEGUARDSMAN.




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    Background: PRESIDENT KAUNDA OF ZAMBIA ON SATURDAY ANNOUNCED PLANS FOR A POPULAR DEFENCE SYSTEM WITHIN ZAMBIA TO INCLUDE ALMOST ALL THE POPULATION OF THE COUNTRY.

    THE PRESIDENT WAS SPEAKING TO 2,000 DELEGATES AT THE OPENING OF A FOUR-DAY CONFERENCE OF THE RULING UNITED NATIONAL INDEPENDENCE PARTY AT MULUNGUSHI. IT IS THE LAST FULL-SCALE PARTY MEETING BEFORE CAMPAIGNING BEGINS FOR THE PRESIDENTIAL AND GENERAL ELECTIONS TO BE HELD ON DECEMBER 19.

    A KEY POINT IN PRESIDENT KAUNDA'S DEFENCE PLAN WAS AN EFFICIENT PROFESSIONAL ARMY WHICH BE USED TO TRAIN THE REST OF THE NATION IN DEFENCE. BY 1980, HE SAID, ALL THE PEOPLE OF ZAMBIA SHOULD BE ABLE TO DEFEND THE COUNTRY.

    ANOTHER POING IN THE PRESIDENT'S SPEECH WAS A PROPOSAL TO APPOINT EIGHT CABINET MINISTERS WITH RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE EIGHT PROVINCES OF ZAMBIA. A PRESENT THESE RESPONSIBILITIES ARE BORNE BY MINISTERS OF STATE. IN ADDITION, THE CABINET WOULD MEET ONLY ONCE OR TWICE A MONTH TO DECIDE MAJOR POLICY ISSUES, AND CERTAIN MINISTRIES WOULD BE MERGED.

    MULUGUSHI AS A SITE FOR THE PARTY MEETING IS NOT WITHOUT SIGNIFICANCE. IT WAS AT MULUNGUSHI IS 1916 THAT PRESIDENT KAUNDA LAID DOWN HIS FORMULA FOR ACHIEVING INDEPENDENCE FROM BRITAIN.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABWUWO0669ZE3IXQH7P1WGKEW7
    Media URN:
    VLVABWUWO0669ZE3IXQH7P1WGKEW7
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/11/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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