In Zambia, President Kenneth Kaunda, who ran unopposed in the 1972 general election after declaring a one party state, is facing opposition by three candidates in the coming Presidential elections.
CU Mr. Mwelwa Chibesakunda, Clerk of the Zambian National Assembly being questioned and replying.
MANDO:"Some Members of Parliament have indicated they are aspiring for the Presidency. Is this much more of a personal feeling than a majority feeling in the house?"
CHIBESAKUNDA:"My personal analysis at the moment is that, that is not the feeling in the House. Even if, lets say today they put it to vote in the house, I know for certain, myself through all the experience that I have with this house that the majority, more than 90 percent, would go with the present President. With no question of being forced at all."
MANDO:"In your personal opinion as Clerk of the National Assembly, not only for the multi-party system but in the last five years in the one party participatory democracy. Do you think that the one party participatory democracy is working as a system, in the hose?"
CHIBESAKUNDA:"Looking back as I've seen in this house, when we had white people belonging to opposition parties, some of them later on joined the government and so on. The house spent almost three-quarters of it's time quarrelling over petty issues how to defend the party and how to crush the opposition.
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Background: In Zambia, President Kenneth Kaunda, who ran unopposed in the 1972 general election after declaring a one party state, is facing opposition by three candidates in the coming Presidential elections. All the candidates come from within the United National Independence Party, the only legal political party. Zambia Broadcasting Services' Charles Mando, interviewed the Clerk of the National Assembly Mr. Mwela Chibesakunda about the strengths of the one party system.
SYNOPSIS: The opposition on the other hand planned how do we finish the ruling party so that we may come into power. And so what about development? Even on issues like in 1971, there was a bill that came before the house called registration and development of the villages. That bill was good for everybody, not only an opposition member or a government man. We would like villages to be improved because that's where the majority of the people are. But that bill. innocent as it was (good as it was), took more than two days to be approved. The only thing was the opposition had decided to oppose it. The government obviously wanted it only for the good of the people. Now, at the moment that question of political differences is no longer there. The question is how do we develop our country faster and for the benefit of everyone. So that everyone will enjoy fuller life, everyone will enjoy the working independence has brought us.