Zambia celebrated 18 years of self-rule on October 24.
GV Freedom in Lusaka, with military guard standing by. (2 SHOTS)
GV President Kaunda arrives, is greeted by officials. (4 SHOTS)
GV Officials carrying wreaths.
GV/SV Guard of honour stand to attention while President Kaunda lays wreath at the foot of Freedom Statue. (3 SHOTS)
GV State House.
GVs Dancers performing in traditional costumes for officials. (2 SHOTS)
GV PAN President Kaunda give award to Veteran politician Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula, former leader of the African National Congress (in a wheel-chair). (4 SHOTS)
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Background: Zambia celebrated 18 years of self-rule on October 24. The country was the British protectorate of Northern Rhodesia before it became independent in 1964 under the leadership of the incumbent president, Kenneth Kaunda. The president with other party leaders, took part in many functions to mark the occasion. In the morning officials and a military guard were on hand to greet him at the Freedom Statute in the capital Lusaka. A guard of honour stood to attention while President Kaunda and diplomats laid wreaths to remember those who had died during the struggle for independence. Later at the State House he presided over an investiture ceremony where groups performed traditional dances to entertain the guests. Traditional dancing, singing and sporting activities featured at the celebrations held throughout the country. During the ceremony, veteran freedom fighter, Mr. Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula received the Order of the Grand Companion of Freedom, Zambia's highest award, for his part in the independence struggle.