African Writers' Club

Interview with Mr. Kapwepwe by Frene Ginwalla;African Writers' Club: BBC Africa Services Collection

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    Kapwepwe, Simon Mwansa, 1922-1980 (speaker, male)

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    Ginwala, Frene Noshir, 1932- (speaker, female)

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    Item notes: This is an interview with Mr. Simon Kapwepwe, the former vice-president of Zambia. Dr. Ginwalla asks him discuss Zambia's geographic position in Africa as a confrontation point between independent Africa and white-dominated Southern Africa. She asks him to explain how this position affects Zambia's foreign policy. He explains that Southern Rhodesia, Angola, South Africa and Portuguese Mozambique are indeed hostile neighbours; however he has tried to keep the peace since Zambia has domestic problems which need attention. On the other hand, if principals of democracy are violated in these neighbouring countries, he will make a point of speaking out against them, and condemning them. He opposes Smith's goverment of Southern Rhodesia.

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