Rhodesian Nationalist leader Mr. Joshua Nkomo said in Salisbury on Wednesday (21 May) that a?
Rhodesian Nationalist leader Mr. Joshua Nkomo said in Salisbury on Wednesday (21 May) that a Constitutional Conference over Rhodesia would have to be held with the British Government whether Mr. Ian Smith was present or not.
The African National Council had agreed, he said, only to preliminary talks with Ian Smith that would lead to a Constitutional Conference.
Speaking at Salisbury Airport on his return from the commonwealth Conference in Jamaica, Mr. Nkomo said it was Britain which had colonised Rhodesia and it was Britain which had to give the country full independence.
The nationalist leader also claimed on Wednesday that "certain people" were dressing young Africans in fake guerrilla uniforms and sending them out to commit acts of violence against African civilians. He had been asked why alleged guerrilla violence was directed mainly at African civilians.
Mr. Nokomo said: "If I were to tell you that certain people are clothing these people in uniforms supposed to be of the freedom fighters and sending these people to commit violence against people, and thereby saying it is the boys in the bush who are doing that, and yet the people responsible for that violence are sitting safely here in Salisbury".
??? Nkomo is the first A.N.C. leader to make the allegation publicly.
This film includes part of Mr. Nkomo's statement to newsmen. A transcript is given overleaf.