Northern Rhodesia: Roar of the Black Lion

Welcome banners bedecked Lusaka's postage-stamp airport, and 2,000 jubilant Africans pressed against its wire fence, their faces daubed festively with red ink, and frantically waving ceremonial palm fronds. Out of the Dakota transport stepped a shock-haired, anthracite-black man in a natty suit. To cheers of "Ken, our Zambia boy!" he unfurled a banner that proclaimed: REPUBLIC DAY, OCTOBER 24. Then he said: "I told you before we left we were going to collect a republic. We have brought it back to you."

Thus last week Northern Rhodesian Prime Minister Kenneth ("The Black Lion"*) Kaunda returned from London bearing a long-coveted...

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