The British foreign Office has denied allegations by Rhodesian guerrilla leader Joshua Nkomo that Foreign Secretary Lord Carrington wanted to protect personal financial interests in the breakaway colony.
SV Interior Joshua Nkomo seated at news conference listening to question. Mr. Nkomo replies in English as newsmen listen (3 shots)
NKOMO: "Britain and the United states have declared themselves enemies of Zimbabwe so we will deal with them accordingly, no matter how big they are. We will rise up to them. And I believe myself, the English are so stupid. Mrs. Thatcher talked certain things when she was not yet Prime Minister, she is Prime Minister now and she will have to think about the responsibilities of such stupid acts, in the interests of her own country never mind us, we look after ourselves. They have never held an election in Britain without knowing what the voting strength of Britain is. And he talks of seventy-four percent. How do you get seventy-four per-cent of a whole you don't know? It's seventy-four percent of what? look, Lord Carrington is just a racist and he is talking racialism. and we are going to see to it that all this racism cannot be perpetuated in our country. We don't want to rule Britain, Britain is for the British, but Carrington cannot tell us what is meant by a majority in our country. The sooner the Carringtons get out of out country and get out very soon the better for everybody else."
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Background: The British foreign Office has denied allegations by Rhodesian guerrilla leader Joshua Nkomo that Foreign Secretary Lord Carrington wanted to protect personal financial interests in the breakaway colony. A spokesman said Lord Carrington has severed all links with the Rio Tinto Zinc mining company and no longer owns property in Rhodesia. Mr. Nkomo made his allegations at a news conference at the United Nations.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Nkomo warned both the United States and the United Kingdom against recognising the government of Bishop Abel Muzorewa. And Mr. Nkomo said that Lord Carrington should not interfere by advocating recognition for Bishop Muzorewa's government.