Model for Democracy Declares State of Emergency

On March 4, 1993 President Chiluba declared a state of emergency, alleging the existence of a plot to overthrow the government by illegal means. The plot, known as the “Zero Option Plan,” was said to have been devised by members of the opposing United National Independence Party with support form the governments of both Iraq and Iran. While no real evidence was offered, 26 people were detained by the government under emergency regulations.

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