Zambia's President Kenneth Kaunda attended the state opening of the Zambian Parliament in the capital, Lusaka, on Friday (17 January).
Zambia's President Kenneth Kaunda attended the state opening of the Zambian Parliament in the capital, Lusaka, on Friday (17 January). The ceremony was also attended by the former Premier of the now defunct Central African Federation, Sir Roy Welensky. It was the second such occasion since Zambia became a one-party state in December 1972.
Lusaka has been the centre of recent talks aimed at a solution of the Rhodesia question, and President Kaunda has been prominent in bringing together African leaders for the discussions.
In his opening address to Parliament, the Zambian leader spoke of the danger of a black backlash unless white minority governments in southern Africa did not accept the principle of racial equality. Zambia has been criticised recently by Members of the Organisation of African Unity for contacts with South Africa aimed at securing a Rhodesian settlement.
President Kaunda also stressed that the Zambian" commitment to independence based on majority rule remains firm in relation to the Rhodesia problem.