Zambia's former Vice-President, Simon Kapwepwe, released from eleven months' detention last weekend said on wednesday (January 3) that he world not rejoin hi s former party -- President Kenneth Kaunda's ruling United National Independence Party -- 'so long as it is a dictatorship'.
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Former Zambian Vice-President Simon Kapwepwe walking outside house with friends after eleven months' detention; speaking to Visnews journalist about his future.
KAPWEPWE: "It was plain everywhere I went I was attacked -- my car was broken Cown, and my caravan party was broken at Moika, and my car was banged at Nkompose (note -- phenetic spelling) and everything, they were all the time saying that there had been violence, that people are doing this, that people are doing this, but to examine it you'll find the worst part of it all the time being violence to my people".
REPORTER: "Mr Kapwepwe, you were once Vice-President of Zambia. How do you view your future political role?"
KAPWEPWE: "Well, I am ready to save my country. I don't claim to be the most intelligent person in this country, but if chance comes up I will serve my country. But I will not serve my country in the dictatorship....I will insist that democracy is maintained."
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Speaking to a Visnews journalist on wednesday, Mr Kapwepwe said he was still studying the implications of one-party rule and that his political future was still undecided ???hed:
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Background: Zambia's former Vice-President, Simon Kapwepwe, released from eleven months' detention last weekend said on wednesday (January 3) that he world not rejoin hi s former party -- President Kenneth Kaunda's ruling United National Independence Party -- 'so long as it is a dictatorship'.
President Kaunda abolished the nation's multi-party system last December (1972) after outlawing the previous February, Mr Kapwepwe's breakaway United Progressive Party and detaining over a hundred of its leaders -- including Mr Kapwepwe. He alleged that they were responsible for violence and destruction.
SYNOPSIS: Simon Kapwepwe, Zambia's former Vice-President and former leader of the banned breakaway United Progressive Party, detained by the Government for eleven months and released in the new year, has said he won't rejoin President Kaunda's ruling Party while it remains a dictatorship. Mr Kapwepwe, who was detained following allegations of violence against his party, is a childhood friend of president Kaunda and a former member of his United National Independence Party. President Kaunda declared a one-party state last month.