• Short Summary

    THE ZAMBIAN PRESIDENT, DR. KENNETH KAUNDA, WAS SWORN IN FOR A FURTHER TERM LAST SATURDAY?

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    HIGH COURT; TRUMPETERS ON STEPS; CHIEF JUSTICE AND KAUNDA; CHIEF JUSTICE (SOF); KAUNDA AT ROSTRUM (SOF); CROWDS CHEERING.



    TRANSCRIPT: CHIEF JUSTICE:"I NOW ASK THE ELECTED PRESIDENT TO COME ON THE ROSTRUM AND TAKE THE PRESIDENTIAL OATH."



    KAUNDA: "I, KENNETH KAUNDA, SO SWEAR, THAT I WILL FAITHFULLY (INDISTINCT) DISCHARGE BY DUTIES AND ALL MY FUNCTIONS THAT COME WITH THE HIGH OFFICE OF PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA. THAT I WILL MAINTAIN THE CONSTITUTION OF ZAMBIA AND WILL UPHOLD AND (INDISTINCT) I WILL DEDICATE BY ABILITIES TO THE SERVICE AND WELFARE OF THE PEOPLE OF ZAMBIA, WITHOUT FEAR OR FAVOUR SO HELP ME GOD."




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    Background: THE ZAMBIAN PRESIDENT, DR. KENNETH KAUNDA, WAS SWORN IN FOR A FURTHER TERM LAST SATURDAY (21 DECEMBER) FOLLOWING A GENERAL ELECTION ON THURSDAY (19 DECEMBER) IN WHICH HIS RULING UNITED NATIONAL INDEPENDENCE PARTY (UNIP) WON A MAJORITY IN THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY.

    A LARGE CROWD GATHERED TO WATCH THE CEREMONY ON THE PILLARED PORTICO OF THE RED BRICK HIGH COURT. CHIEF JUSTICE BLAGDEN OFFICIATED AT THE SWEARING-IN, WHICH WAS PUNCTUATED BY FANFARES FROM GROUPS OF TRUMPETERS ON THE STEPS OF THE HIGH COURT. THE CEREMONY WAS ATTENDED BY MEMBERS OF THE DIPLOMATIC CORPS AND MANY UNIP SUPPORTERS.

    THE UNIP VICTORY WILL ENABLE DR. KAUNDA TO CARRY OUT HIS PLANNED CABINET RESHUFFLE AND PUSH THROUGH A WIDE RANGE OF SWEEPING ADMINISTRATIVE REFORMS AIMED AT DECENTRALISING GOVERNMENT. EIGHT OF HIS 17-MAN CABINET ARE TO BECOME PROVINCIAL OVERLORDS BASED OUTSIDE LUSAKA, HE HAS ANNOUNCED. DISTRICT GOVERNORS, CHARGED WITH MAKING ZAMBIAN DEMOCRACY WORK IN THE VILLAGES, WILL BE UNDER THEM, HE ADDED.

    BY SATURDAY MORNING, THE RULING PARTY HAD WON 45 OF THE 75 CONTESTED SEATS IN ZAMBIA'S FIRST GENERAL ELECTION SINCE SHE OBTAINED INDEPENDENCE FROM BRITAIN FOUR YEARS AGO. UNIP WAS UNOPPOSED IN A FURTHER 30 CONSTITUENCIES.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAE3UZVQCFBE2UWSZ8U1AO8G2A8
    Media URN:
    VLVAE3UZVQCFBE2UWSZ8U1AO8G2A8
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/12/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:04:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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