Zambia's President for the past fourteen years, Dr Kenneth Kaunda, has been sworn in for a fourth term.
GV crowd gathering outside High Court Building, Lusaka
SV Justice Annel Silungwe, Zambian Chief Justice, reading out results of voting
CU Justice Silungwe standing at microphone as crowd applauds
SV woman smearing white substance on Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda's forehead
CU man looking on
SV woman in tribal dress smearing white paste on wife on President Kaunda and second woman and she walks back to President Kaunda
SV PAN FROM cameramen and photographers TO President Kaunda speaking in English
SV policemen standing to attention
SV President Kaunda and wife get into car and drive off
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: SILUNGWE: "The total 'yes' votes cast are 914,613. The total 'no' votes so far registered are 214,930."
SEQ. 7: KAUNDA: "I will maintain the constitution of Zambia and uphold the laws, and I will dedicated my abilities to the service and welfare of the whole of Zambia without fear or favour, so help me God."
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Background: Zambia's President for the past fourteen years, Dr Kenneth Kaunda, has been sworn in for a fourth term. The ceremony followed an election in which he was the only candidate. The electors had the choice of a 'yes' or 'no' vote for Dr Kaunda, and after the poll Justice Annel Silungwe, the Chief Justice of Zambia, read the results.
SYNOPSIS: Justice Silungwe said there was no doubt Dr Kaunda won a clear mandate. The one-party system was introduced by Dr Kaunda in 1972, but he needed 51 percent of the votes cast to be re-elected. A ceremony punctuated by chanting, drumming and clapping set the seal on Dr Kaunda's dominance of the political scene. At one point a woman smeared 'Impeba', a white paste, on the foreheads of some of those present. It was a gesture that dates back to the days of tribal rule. And Dr Kaunda took an oath of office.
Dr Kaunda said the election had taken place at a time when, he said, the enemy was attacking from left, right and centre. He now plans to seek the approval of the Central Committee of the ruling party to form a smaller and more efficient cabinet than its predecessor. The election result gives him a free hand to tackle the country's severe problems.