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    PRESIDENT KENNETH KAUNDA OF ZAMBIA ON THURSDAY (MAY 1) THREATENED TO BAN THE OPPOSITION AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS (ANC) WHICH IS STRONGLY ENTRENCHED IN THE SOUTHERN PART OF THE COUNTRY.

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    CROWDS IN STADIUM; KAUNDA WITH MARCHERS; DANCERS WITH PLACARDS SUPPORTING KAUNDA IN STADIUM; KAUNDA SPEAKS; CABINET MINISTERS LISTEN; AUDIENCE IN STADIUM. (SOF)



    TRANSCRIPT: KAUNDA: "FIRST OF ALL WE MUST EMPHASISE THAT IN OUR POWERS THE LAW CONFERS ON YOU THAT THE HIGH EXTENT OF RESPONSIBILITY AND RESTRAINT COMPATIBLE WITH THE PRESERVATION OF PRIVATE AND PUBLIC LIBERTY. THIS, OF COURSE, PRESUPPOSES A THOROUGH KNOWLEDGE OF ALL RELEVANT REGULATIONS AND LAWS RELATING TO THE MAINTENANCE OF LAW AND ORDER. I WISH, AT THIS STAGE, TO EMPHASISE ONCE AGAIN, AS I'VE ALWAYS DONE, THE PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY WHICH EVERY POLICE OFFICER BEARS FOR THE CONSEQUENCES OF HIS CONDUCT AND ACTION.



    IGNORANCE OF THE LAW HAS BEEN ACCEPTED AS A VALID EXCUSE FOR ANY MISCONDUCT OF ABUSE AUTHORITY. IT IS THEREFORE ESSENTIAL THAT ALL POLICE OFFICERS STUDY WITH CLOSE ATTENTION AND THOROUGHNESS THE POLITICAL PARTY DECREE WHICH WILL COME INTO EFFECT WITH THE LIFTING OF THE BAN ON POLITICAL PARTY ACTIVITY. LET EVERY POLITICAL LEADER STATE HIS CASE TO THE PEOPLE AND ALLOW THEM TO FORM THEIR OWN JUDGEMENT. THERE SHOULD BE NO RESORT TO QUESTION, OR THE LEGALITY OF THE MAN TO WIN SUPPORT DURING THE FORTHCOMING POLITICAL CAMPAIGNING. WE'LL HAVE TO TAKE FIRM MEASURES AGAINST SUCH IRREGULARITIES OTHERWISE THE ELECTIONS WILL NOT BEAR THE STAMP OF IMPARTIALITY AND ORDERLINESS."




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    Background: PRESIDENT KENNETH KAUNDA OF ZAMBIA ON THURSDAY (MAY 1) THREATENED TO BAN THE OPPOSITION AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS (ANC) WHICH IS STRONGLY ENTRENCHED IN THE SOUTHERN PART OF THE COUNTRY.

    PRESIDENT KAUNDA WAS ADDRESSING A MAY DAY RALLY IN KITWE, IN THE NORTH OF THE COUNTRY.

    PRESIDENT KAUNDA TOLD THE MAY DAY RALLY HE WOULD BAN THE PARTY LED BY MR. HARRY NKUMBULA, IF THEY CONTINUED TO ALLEGE THAT THE OBJECT OF A REFERENDUM PLANNED FOR JUNE WAS TO TAKE LAND AND CATTLE FROM THE PEOPLE AND EVEN THEIR WOMEN.

    MR. KAUNDA SAID "THE CHOICE IS THEIRS. IF NKUMBULA DOES NOT CONTROL HIS THUGS I WILL LOCK THEM UP OR BAN THE CONGRESS COMPLETELY".

    THE REFERENDUM IS TO PERMIT ALTERATIONS TO THE ENTRENCHED CLAUSES OF THE CONSTITUTION BY A TWO-THIRDS MAJORITY OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY AND WITHOUT RESORT TO A NATIONAL REFERENDUM EACH TIME.

    THE GOVERNMENT HAS SAID THE ONLY IMMEDIATE CHANGE IT WANTS TO MAKE IS TO ALTER A CLAUSE GOVERNING COMPULSORY ACQUISITION OF LAND. THE MOVE IS AIMED AT ABSENTEE LANDLORDS.

    PRESIDENT KAUNDA ADDED THAT HE HAD BANNED THE UNITED PARTY OF MR. NALUMINO MUNDIA LAST YEAR BECAUSE MR. MUNDIA HAD NOT HEEDED WARNINGS TO STOP VIOLENCE.

    IF MR. MUNDIA RENOUNCED VIOLENCE, PRESIDENT KAUNDA SAID, HE WOULD IMMEDIATELY BE LET OUT OF RESTRICTION.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1XXG8U1NOL4XM0VPCVDGLRLVF
    Media URN:
    VLVA1XXG8U1NOL4XM0VPCVDGLRLVF
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/05/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:28:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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