Rhodesian black nationalist leader, Joshua Nkomo, has given newsmen a tour of his wrecked home in an exclusive suburb in the Zambian capital of Lusaka.
Rhodesian black nationalist leader, Joshua Nkomo, has given newsmen a tour of his wrecked home in an exclusive suburb in the Zambian capital of Lusaka. Rhodesian Commandos attacked the building early on Friday morning (13 April) leaving Mr. Nkomo's home gutted. But the raiders failed to harm the veteran guerrilla chief, who was not at home at the time.
SYNOPSIS: The sound of firing, mixed with the thud of heavier explosions, echoed through Lusaka's eastern suburbs for about twenty minutes during the pre-dawn attack. And shortly afterwards, the city's electricity supply was cut off, plunging the capital into darkness for three hours. The roof of Mr. Nkomo's residence caved in during eh attack. And the interior was destroyed leaving only the outside walls standing. Other commandos simultaneously attacked houses of officials of Mr. Nkomo's wing of the Patriotic Front Alliance, ZAPU (Zimbabwe African People's Union).
Reports indicated that the Rhodesian Commando force drove into the city in jeeps and trucks printed to look like Zambian army vehicles. Mr. Nkomo has vowed to avenge the raid.