Special prayers were read on Sunday (11 May) in Zambia's capital, Lusaka, at an Inter-denominational service of thanksgiving and dedication to the new independence of Zimbabwe.
GV AND CU: Cathedral of Holy Cross in Lusaka (2 shots)
SV: Locals singing as they arrive at church
SV AND CU: United states representative arriving
SV: Choir of African National congress of South Africa singing as they enter cathedral
SV: Group of Namibian students and SWAPO supporters entering cathedral
LV: Other members of Congregation entering
SV: President Kenneth Kaunda greeted as he arrives by car
SV: Mr Kaunda walking into church
SV PAN INTERIOR: Congregation seated
SV: President Kaunda seated i cathedral
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Background: Special prayers were read on Sunday (11 May) in Zambia's capital, Lusaka, at an Inter-denominational service of thanksgiving and dedication to the new independence of Zimbabwe. The service in the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, was conducted by both Protestant and Roman Catholic churchmen, and attended by representatives from various Africa political organisations and Zambia's President Kenneth Kaunda.
SYNOPSIS: It was a joyous occasion, for groups who had supported the independence of Zimbabwe who joined openly in the religious thanksgiving.
Zambia, since its independence from Britain in 1964, has backed majority-rule movement in the neighbouring former colonies of Mozambique, Angola and Rhodesia.
These struggles and the continuing international dispute over South African-ruled Namibia (South West Africa) have meant serious disruptions for Zambia's vital road and rail links to the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. It now dearly wants a period of respite from strife, to put its economic house in order.
Namibia students and supporters of its South West african People's Organisation (SWAPO) were present as a reminder of the continuing African struggle for independence. South Africa recently accused Zambia of providing bases for SWAPO guerrillas, and Zambia has complained to the United Nations about repeated acts of aggression by South Africa.
President Kaunda was greeted at the Cathedral by Prime Minister Daniel Lisulo and secretary-General of the ruling United National Independence Party (UNIP), Mainza Chona.
The next day (12 May) Dr Kaunda opened a special conference of the UNIP central Committee, to plan the means of making the land-locked country self-sufficient in food by 1990.
An economic victim of the seven-year Rhodesian bush war, zambia has in spite of exportation problems, just completed a tough International Monetary Fund (IMF) programme. The four hundred million dollar loan for transportation and industry will receive final payment this month.
With the Zimbabwe issue resolved, Dr. Kaunda intends to give whole-hearted support to SWAPO's struggle. But his countrymen, who have little common heritage with Namibians, could prove less enthusiastic.