President Kaunda of Zambia said on Friday (25 May) that two Canadian girls killed by a Zambian sentry at the victoria Falls on May 15, had been sent to their deaths by Rhodesia for propaganda purposes.
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PRES. KAUNDA: "We have witnessed the unpleasant spectacle whereby racists flew into Zambia and bombed a village and planted landmines in the vacated village site which killed five Zambians and maimed many more. We have witnessed trigger-happy forces of oppression lining troops on the Zambesi River firing shots across into Zambian territory so that they can plant more landmines to kill more Zambians.
"We have watched with great amazement that, after finishing staging these horrible and fiendish acts, racists have run to radio-microphones and television screens in their broadcasting stations and to their newspaper offices to lie to the world and form some time even succeeded to deceive the world to their own advantage and say that Zambia had in fact been shooting Canadians and Americans.
"We have witnessed the incredible twisting of truth when attempts were made using powerful mass communication to say that the shots which the racist soldiers themselves had fired across the river into Zambia, were fired at them from Zambia!"
(Here, the Zambian leader broke down, then continued.)
"I apologise to my audience... but I feel strongly about these things."
PRES. KAUNDA: "Comrade Chairman and (unclear) we don't mourn, we don't weep because we are weal. We weep because we are dealing with men who have sunk so low that we have no chance of recovering them spiritually or morally. They claim to be Christians. In fact, they are downright savages. They are beyond the point of redemption. And I am sorry to say only the conflagration is going to save them."
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Background: President Kaunda of Zambia said on Friday (25 May) that two Canadian girls killed by a Zambian sentry at the victoria Falls on May 15, had been sent to their deaths by Rhodesia for propaganda purposes.
At one point, the Zambian leader broke down and wept as he made a sharp counter-attack on the Rhodesians at the opening of a powerful new radio station in Lusaka, supplied by the People's Republic of China.
The two girls and two American companions, one of whom was wounded, had been "shepherded to their deaths", he said.
President Kaunda said the world had to know the truth behind the killings in the same way it must hear the truth of bombing and mining of Zambian villages along the border with Rhodesia.
He said the shootings were staged by Rhodesia to coincide with the Zambian visit of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Kurt Waldheim.
Zambia had the duty to tell the truth, he said, as he announced the formal start of a Zambian external broadcasting service in a number of languages, including Afrikaans, Portuguese, Zhosa, English an Shona.
This film includes several excerpts from President Kaunda's address, including his apology to his audience for weeping and his condemnation of the Rhodesian white minority regime as "downright savages". A transcript of his statements on the film follows: