The Rhodesian nationalist leader, the Reverend Ndabaningi Sithole, left his Lusaka base in Zambia on Wednesday(13 October) for the Tanzanian capital, Dar es-Salaam, saying he could not be ignored in the black campaign for majority rule in Rhodesia.
SV: Rhodesian nationalist leader Reverend Ndabaningi Sithole shaking hands with others at Lusaka airport, boarding aircraft and waving.
CUs: Sithole seated and talking at news conference prior to departure. (5 shots)
REPORTER:"Are you going to Geneva?"
SITHOLE:"If we are invited, certainly I shall go, and I'll make sure that I lead the ZANU delegation. At present, the invitations are being issued to persons rather than organisations. I, as president of ZANU, will naturally go only on condition that I lead my ZANU delegation. It should be remembered that for the last eleven years, our fighting cadres, have been rallying round my name, they've been using my name as a war-cry, and it is inconsiderable to any followers of mine to think the present armed struggle can be carried on without these man. I can assure you that so far as matters go, I enjoy their loyalty. I am quite uncompromising on the question of majority rule now. I feel very strongly that the African in Zimbabwe has suffered for that last 86 years. There is nothing to be extreme about when someone demands majority rule now, when someone demands self-determination of the African people. What the whites call moderate leaders is really those African leaders who endorse white supremacy, in one for, or another."
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Background: The Rhodesian nationalist leader, the Reverend Ndabaningi Sithole, left his Lusaka base in Zambia on Wednesday(13 October) for the Tanzanian capital, Dar es-Salaam, saying he could not be ignored in the black campaign for majority rule in Rhodesia.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Sithole, who has so far been, left out of British plans for ac constitutional conference on Rhodesia's future, said it was impossible for him to become 'irrelevant'. He was speaking as Britain prepared for contacts with the nationalist leaders it had invited to the Geneva conference - Mr Robert Mugabe, Bishop Abel Muzorewa and Mr Joshua Nkomo. Mr Sithole was left off the invitation list because he was said to lack the political or military support of the others. He talked to newsmen before leaving Lusaka.