January 3, 1998 |
A series of recent authoritarian actions by the government of Zambian President Frederick Chiluba is sending disturbing signals that the country, traditionally a bulwark of stability in southern Africa, may be returning to a system of repressive autocracy. The recent jailing without charge of former President Kenneth D.
January 1, 1998 |
Under international pressure to either free former President Kenneth D. Kaunda or put him on trial, Zambia's government released him from prison Wednesday but put him under house arrest. Kaunda was arrested Dec. 25, soon after returning from a trip abroad. Zambia accused the 73-year-old former leader of inciting an Oct. 28 coup attempt. Kaunda arrived home in the capital, Lusaka, at dusk Wednesday after an 80-mile journey from prison.
December 30, 1997 |
Jailed former President Kenneth D. Kaunda appeared before Zambia's High Court on Monday, but the hearing was adjourned after his lawyers sought more time to review government documents against him. Outside, supporters sang and waved banners behind a police cordon, demanding the release of Kaunda, who leads the nation's largest opposition coalition. Kaunda, 73, was arrested Christmas Day on suspicion of involvement in a failed Oct. 28 coup attempt.
December 27, 1997 |
Detained former President Kenneth Kaunda made a brief court appearance Friday and was then flown to a secret destination by military helicopter. Journalists and lawyers for Kaunda, 73, followed as a police convoy drove the opposition leader from the court to Lusaka's airport, where he was placed on the helicopter. Lawyers for Kaunda, who was arrested without charge on Thursday under a 28-day detention order, said they had not been told where he was being taken.
December 26, 1997 |
Former President Kenneth D. Kaunda was sent to prison Thursday after a three-hour standoff with heavily armed paramilitary police at his home early Christmas morning. Kaunda, 73, promptly began a hunger strike to protest his 28-day detainment without charges, which is permitted under a state of emergency declared by his successor, President Frederick Chiluba. Kaunda's incarceration was believed linked to a failed coup attempt Oct.
August 24, 1997 |
Former Zambian President Kenneth D. Kaunda was shot and slightly wounded Saturday during a police crackdown on supporters attending a political rally, officials said. The circumstances of the shooting in Kabwe, 90 miles north of the capital, Lusaka, were unclear. Police Inspector General Francis Ndhlovu confirmed that Kaunda, who ruled Zambia for 27 years, had been shot but would not comment further. Officials at Kabwe General Hospital said Kaunda was not seriously injured.