Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda welcomed leaders of the South West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO), pledging them "admiration and respect" at a graduation ceremony of the United Nations Institute for Namibia in Lusaka on March 10.
GV Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda arrives with SWAPO leaders.
CU SWAPO founder Herman Toivo Ja Toivo.
SCU SWAPO leader Sam Nujoma speaking. (SOT)
CU President Kaunda speaking. (SOT)
NUJOMA: (SEQ 3) "In recent weeks, South Africa has been kidding the world media with its prostications and distortions that SWAPO is amassing troops into Namibia across the area which is supposedly being vacated by South Africa. Unfortunately the world press is wittingly, or unwittingly giving extensive coverage to these outrageous charges. South Africa's motive in delivering these charges, is to drive a wedge between SWAPO and its front line allies, in particular, the people of the Republic of Angola."
KAUNDA: (SEQ 4) "On behalf of the people of Zambia, their party and government, and indeed, on my behalf, it is my extraordinary pleasant duty to welcome to Zambia your distinguished countryman, a great freedom fighter, of great stature, who after sixteen years of great suffering in the worst of prisons, has come out promising to continue the fight against exploitative, international capital, with its offshoots of imperialism, colonialism, neo-colonialism, zionism, fascism, racism and apartheid. What is more, he is amazingly, amazingly without bitterness. Comrade Herman Toivo de Toivo you are most warmly welcome to Zambia. Comrade Toiva, we in Zambia, would be failing in our international duties if we did not let you know that comrade Nujoma and his (indistinct) comrades have executed the struggle in a singularly, singularly distinguished and successful manner. We have great love, admiration and respect for comrade Nujoma and his colleagues."
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Background: Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda welcomed leaders of the South West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO), pledging them "admiration and respect" at a graduation ceremony of the United Nations Institute for Namibia in Lusaka on March 10. President Kaunda highly praised Herman Toivo Ja Toivo, SWAPO's co-founder, who was released a week ago from Robben Island prison in South Africa after serving 16 years of a 20 year sentence under South Africa's Terrorism Act. Also present was SWAPO leader Sam Nujoma, who made a speech claiming South Africa was trying to drive a wedge between SWAPO and its allies in Angola. Mr. Nujoma said South Africa's claims that SWAPO was amassing troops in Namibia areas vacated by South Africa were "outrageous charges". SWAPO is fighting South African control of Namibia from Angolan bases. South Africa and Angola are currently carrying out a military disengagement plan as a possible first step towards Namibian independence. South Africa rules Namibia in defiance of United Nations resolutions. Zambia supports the movement for the liberation of Namibia.