President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia left Lusaka on Friday (30 August) by air for Brazzaville, to attend the ninth Annual conference of the Central and East African Organisation.
GV Crowd at airport
SV Left, Mr. Daniel Chipenda
CU Mr. Chipenda
SV PAN Dr. Neto walking with Zambian officials
SCU PAN Dr. Neto shakes hands with army officer
SV PAN & GV Kaunda walking and waving with white hankerchief to crowd (3 shots)
SV Kaunda shaking hands with officials
SV Crowd watching
SV Kaunda walks up aircraft steps and stands to attention for national anthem
SCU Guard salutes
SV Kaunda waves to crowd from steps of aircraft
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Background: President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia left Lusaka on Friday (30 August) by air for Brazzaville, to attend the ninth Annual conference of the Central and East African Organisation.
Mr. Daniel Chipenda and Dr. Aghostino Neto, rival representatives of the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (M.P.L.A.) travelled with Mr. Kaunda to attend the conference, which aims to study ways of speeding up the process of decolonisation in Africa.
The M.P.L.A. had been holding unity talks in Lusaka for the first time in 13 years, but these broke down because of continued differences between the three factions seeking the leadership.
Mr. Chipenda said later that he had been elected President of the United Front, after Dr. Neto and his group had walked out of the talks. He told a press conference that remaining delegates also decided that he should have a deputy, that a central committee of 39 members be established, and a control commission set up.
Mr. Chipenda is the former leader of the Eastern Revolt Group in Angola and also a former professional footballer.
SYNOPSIS: Crowds gathered at Lusaka airport, Zambia on Friday to see Mr. Daniel Chipenda of the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola -- the M.P.L.A. -- leave for Brazzaville with the Zambian President, Mr. Kenneth Kaunda.
Also on the same 'plane was Dr. Aghostino Neto, the former president of the M.P.L.A., who walked out of the unity talks that were held in Lusaka during the preceding week.
The Zambian President and the Angolan leaders were on their way to the ninth Annual Conference of the Central and East African Organisation, which this year aims to study ways of speeding up the decolonisation of Africa.
The M.P.L.A. meeting in Lusaka broke because the three factions seeking leadership could not agree. After Dr. Neto walked out Mr. Chipenda was elected as the new president by the remaining delegates. Mr. Chipenda is the former leader of a revolt group in Angola and also a former professional footballer.
Angola is the largest of Portugal's African territories and has been promised independence. When this comes Mr. Chipenda has pledged that his movement will strive for racial harmony and that there will be no fears of discrinination against whites or any other minority group.
In Brazzaville the African leaders will also discuss stepping up their fight against apartheid and harmonising their economic policies with the possible aim of forming a common economic community.