Sixteen rallies were held in Zambia on wednesday (20 December) in support of transforming the country into a one-party state.
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Background: Sixteen rallies were held in Zambia on wednesday (20 December) in support of transforming the country into a one-party state. Legislation came into effect on December 13 making the United National Independence Party the sole political organisation.
In the biggest rally, 2,500 people marched through Lusaka to Freedom House, the UNIP headquarters. They were addressed later by Mr. Mainza Chona, the vice-President. The marchers carried banners praising President Kenneth Kaunda's one-party law, and also bore a symbolic coffin representing the now-defunct African National Congress opposition party.
The banned party formerly held 19 of the 110 seats in Zambia's Parliament. The party sought to stop the one-party legislation through the Zambian High Court, but failed.
SYNOPSIS: More than two-thousand supporters of Zambia's President Kenneth Kaunda marched through the streets of the capital, Lusaka, on Wednesday.
Same carried a coffin symbolising the opposition party, the African National Congress.
President Kaunda has outlawed the opposition, which held nineteen of the hundred and ten seats in Zambia's Parliament. Now, only the President's United National Independence Party will be allowed to operate.
Sixteen rallies were organised throughout Zambia to celebrate the introduction of a one-party state, and the "burying" of the opposition.