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Title:Zambia's search for political stability
Author:Hall, R.ISNI
Periodical:The World Today: Chatham House Review
Geographic term:Zambia
Subject:political stability
Abstract:Although after the dissolution on 25 August 1969 of the central committee of the ruling United National Independence Party Vice-President Kapwepwe emerged with his powers much reduced and President Kaunda has taken more of the reins into his own hands, it was no mere personality clash, or even a battle for the occupancy of Lusaka's State House, which led to these events. Hatred between rival factions in the Government has become so intense that a collapse into chaos was imminent. Tribalism with the rivalries between the Bemba and other tribes is the crux. The present state of affairs is temporary because the burden is too great for the President to carry for long. It is not possible yet to forecast how the machinery for guiding the future of Zambia will look in a more permanent form; much depends upon the pattern for ONIP put forward by the constitutional commission. To take the measures of the problem confronting Dr. Kaunda the article discusses the origins of UNIP, the internal forces of the party which Kaunda has tried to deploy, and the opposition to it.