THE former VIP Douglas DC-6B aircraft used to ferry former President Kenneth Kaunda around the country and region is being sold for US$1.245 million. The VIP Douglas DC-6B was presented to President Kaunda in 1975 by former President of Yugoslavia field Marshall Josip Broz Tito. The VIP Douglas DC-6B was filled with luxury and equipment that represented the pinnacle of technology at the time. Josip Broz Tito used this plane for 55 flights.
President Kaunda maintained a close friendship with Yugoslavia’s long-time leader Josip Broz Tito and is remembered by many Yugoslav officials for weeping openly over the latter’s casket in 1980. He even had a special house constructed in Lusaka for Tito’s visits to Zambia.
In the 1970s, President Kaunda then did a security upgrade to State House at the height of liberation struggle with guerrillas fighting to overthrow the white governments of Namibia, Mozambique, Angola, South Africa and the former Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe. President Kaunda engaged Former Yugoslav engineers who secretly built two huge underground bunkers as a secret command center for Zambia. The underground bunkers were bomb-proofed labyrinth equipped with living quarters, a broadcasting station, meeting rooms and a cache of weapons. One bunker lies five levels by elevator beneath the State House. The other is a seven-level basement tucked under a hill in State Lodge area near ZAF twin Palm area. The engineers sent by Yugoslav leader Josef Broz Tito also built houses along Ngumbo road as well as the former Celtel headquarters and other locations along Presidents Lane.
In 1978, towards the end of white rule in the former Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe. Rhodesian commandos known as Selous Scouts, in their last-ditch effort to kill late Joshua Nkomo, then head of a guerrilla arm, landed at the Lusaka Golf Club and attacked Nkomo’s safe house (former Celtel headquarters) Joshua Nkomo survived the assassination attempt on his life by sneaking into State House using a “back door”.