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.
GV:Rhodesian Black Nationalist leader Joshua Nkomo's damaged house in eastern suburb of Lusaka (5 shots)
SV: abandoned weapons lying on grass.
SV PAN: newsmen looking at damage.
SCU: Nkomo speaking in English.
NKOMO:"The main thing was that they wanted me alive. They wanted to take me. They came with their small jeeps. There were about six or seven and there were three big trucks. And they were saying something about you get into this truck and we will go with you. But then the boys defended the thing, they defended it very well."
Armed men attacked another Lusaka home belonging to Rhodesian nationalist on Monday night (16 April) only minutes before a newly-imposed curfew took effect. The attack came three days after Rhodesian commandos carried out the raid on Mr. Nkomo's home. And just twenty minutes later the first night of an eight pm to six am curfew began, imposed by Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda.
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: 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.