July 26, 1990 |
Zambian President Kenneth D. Kaunda, in a surprise offer of reconciliation to his political foes, announced Wednesday the release of all political prisoners and agreed to postpone a referendum on multi-party rule. "I am sending a strong message of love to those who are insulting me and my colleagues to stop doing that," he said. The referendum previously set for Oct. 17 this year would be put off until Aug. 13, 1991, he told a news conference.
May 6, 2001 |
Police fired tear gas at opponents of President Frederick Chiluba rallying in Lusaka, Zambia's capital, and the crowd responded by stoning government vehicles. One man was killed when he was hit by a car. The political scene has been tense since Chiluba appeared to be moving to run for a third term, which is barred by the constitution. After fierce opposition, he announced late Friday that he would not run.
December 18, 1990 |
President Kenneth D. Kaunda approved new laws legalizing opposition parties, ending 17 years of one-party rule. In signing constitutional amendments allowing for a return to multi-party democracy, Kaunda promised elections before September, 1991.
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.