During a passing-out parade at the Michael Mataka Police Camp south of Lusaka on Thursday (8 February), President Kenneth Kaunda awarded four police helicopter pilots their flying wings.
GV Kaunda inspecting troops (2 shots)
GV Flags TILT DOWN TO Kaunda saluting march-past
GV Troops slow march past
MV Kaunda on rostrum
MV Kaunda presents cadet with wings & cadet salutes
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Background: During a passing-out parade at the Michael Mataka Police Camp south of Lusaka on Thursday (8 February), President Kenneth Kaunda awarded four police helicopter pilots their flying wings.
The four pilots were Inspectors John Malawo, Alvin Chipepo, Henry Mbeza and Kelvin Chabeba. They are now qualified to fly helicopters which are being added to the police force in an effort to fight rising crime.
In a speech at the parade, President Kaunda declared an all-out struggle against crime, which he claimed could be a starting-point for counter-revolution if it were not crushed. He spoke of stronger penalties and stricter prison regimes to help the police force.
SYNOPSIS: President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia inspected cadets at the Michael Mataks police camp on Thursday. It was the Camp's first passing-out parade of the year.
The President made a point of presiding over the ceremony himself to stress his determination to support his police forces in their fight against rising crime. He said it was his duty to guarantee Zambians a crime-free society.
The President promised the cadets every encouragement in their now careers. More money would be put aside for improved training facilities and better housing. Prisons would have a stricter regime, and courts would issue stiffer penalties. Zambians would be safer.
The high point of the parade was the presentation of pilot's wings to four cadets. President Kaunda pinned the wings onto the uniform of each officer.
Now they are qualified to fly new police force helicopters - formidable weapons in the fight against crime.