In Zambia, the Nationalist leader Joshua Nkomo has pledged that his guerrillas will win their war against the Rhodesian Government forces within ten months.
In Zambia, the Nationalist leader Joshua Nkomo has pledged that his guerrillas will win their war against the Rhodesian Government forces within ten months. Mr. Nkomo's vow came in an angry, emotional speech at the graveside of one of his top military commanders on Saturday (1 July). He blamed the West for failing to support Rhodesia's guerrillas and renounced criticism of Soviet and Cuban support for the Nationalists.
SYNOPSIS: Alfred Nikita Mangena died on June 28 with three bodyguards when their vehicle hit a land mine in Southern Zambia. He was Commander in Chief of Joshua Nkomo's guerrilla forces and was buried on Saturday 91 July) at Lusaka's Leopards Hil Cemetery, close to the unmarked grave of another top lieutenant assassinated last year. African National Congress representative Tom Nkobi addressed the mourners at the graveside ceremony.
Soviet, Cuban and Angolan diplomats were present at the funeral and heard Mr. Nkomo claim that the West had looked "unashamedly aside" when the nationalists has appealed to the world for help. The Western Powers had even taken the part of the other side, he said. The mourners then joined in a song that describes the shortcomings of negotiations and called for more Soviet rockets instead. Mr. Nkomo urged whites to lay down their arms, saying his army has no intention of driving them away.