ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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The Giants and the Giant-Killer

October 14, 1978 in Zambia's presidental poll. An amendment to the Party's constitution carefully framed to keep out three determined rivals for the Presidency (Simon Kapwepwe, Harry Nkumbua and Robert Chiluwe) was introduced in the national council of UNIP and approved with lightning speed. The "mere procedural chore" was over in a few minutes, to the admiration of Kenya's official press. This is held up as a model for Kenya's October 6 conference! In view of the prospect that no incumbent of the Kenyan Presidency is at all likely to have the charisma of Kenyatta, there is speculation that Kenya may have an executive prime minister in the near future. It is on the cards that the President will become more of a ceremonial figure with limited powers and that effective Statical power will be wielded by a Prime Minister.

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