Leaders of the black nationalist Patriotic Front Joshua Nkomo and Robert Mugabe have announced that they have taken new decision aimed at unifying their guerilla armies to smash white minority rule in Rhodesia.
Leaders of the black nationalist Patriotic Front Joshua Nkomo and Robert Mugabe have announced that they have taken new decision aimed at unifying their guerilla armies to smash white minority rule in Rhodesia. But they haven't disclosed exactly what form the moves will take ??? African People's Union (ZAPU) and Mr Mugabe is head of Zimbabwe African National Union, based in Mozambique.
Mr Nkomo and Mr Mugabe later conferred with Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere, one of the leaders from whom they have been under pressure. They said the President was happy with the result of the Patriotic Front meeting in Dar es Salaam. Mr Nkomo the leader of Zambian-based Zimbabwe ???
SYNOPSIS: The announcement came at a news conference on Saturday (16 July), after two days of talks at Hotel Killimanjaro in Dar es Salaam. The two leader had met Mr Anthony Nyakyi, principal secretary at Tanzania's foreign Ministry, and Mr George Magombe, Tanzania's ambassador to Rome, Italy. Mr Nkomo and Mr Mugabe have been under pressure from black African leaders to unite their guerrilla forces, thus avoiding the prospect that majority rule in Rhodesia could mean factional fighting of the kind that occurred in Angola after it gained independence from Portugal.
The Front leaders accepted proposals from a special sub-committee of military experts who visited nationalist guerilla camps in Tanzania, Zambia and Mozambique and suggested how the factions might be united.