Zambia's fifteenth anniversary celebrations last week were marred by the announcement that more than one thousand Zimbabwe Rhodesian and South African troops had entered the country.
MCU President Kenneth Kaunda speaking to journalists in English (3 shots)
MV Journalist asking question
MCU Kaunda replying
KAUNDA: "For some time now the South Africans have been in the habit of sending their troops into Zambia. And each time we sent out fighters there they withdraw. This has been going on since March of this year, but these have been small units of one hundred or two hundred. This time in a move which would appear to be coordinated somewhere, South Africa sent in six hundred troops, well equipped and they appear to be somewhere in Southern and Barotseland."
REPORTER: "How are we containing the situation when in fact the foreign troops are still on Zambian soil?"
KAUNDA: "That of course is a question which comes from someone who doesn't understand what a war is. Even now as I'm speaking to you freedom fighting forces are pinning down rebel forces in Rhodesia. And this reaction, of sending forces inside Zambia, clearly shows that they are beginning to feel the weight of the war inside Rhodesia."
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Background: Zambia's fifteenth anniversary celebrations last week were marred by the announcement that more than one thousand Zimbabwe Rhodesian and South African troops had entered the country. President Kaunda said that the troops were still on Zambian soil, but that their presence there only went to prove that the guerrilla war by the Patriotic Front was having an effect on the security within Zimbabwe Rhodesia.