Zambia: State of Siege

At parties on the Lusaka diplomatic circuit, Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda often pointed to Vice President Simon Kapwepwe, his close friend since boyhood, and said fondly: "Look, there goes my revolutionary!" It was no casual sobriquet. A bearded, conspiratorial-looking firebrand who wears black and purple togas and carries an outsized walking stick, Kapwepwe was a militant nationalist leader as one of Kaunda's colleagues in the fight for independence from Britain. In a recent about-face, he became Kaunda's chief rival for political power. Last week Kapwepwe more than lived up to Kaunda's...

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