In Zambia, the Nationalist leader Joshua Nkomo has pledged that his guerrillas will win their war against the Rhodesian Government forces within ten months.
GV Mourners gathered around grave at Leopards Hill, Lusaka.
GV PAN FROM Coffin PAST President of the Zimbabwe African Peoples Union, Joshua Nkomo, (in military uniform) TO singing mourners.
SV Representative of the African National Congress, Mr. Tom Nkobi addressing mourners, as deceased's children and wife listen beside grave. (6 SHOTS)
GV Coffin being lowered into grave as mourners sing.
SV Mr. Nkomo scattering soil on grave.
TOM NKOBI: "The death of Comrade Nikita comes at a very grave but a at the same time glorious moment in the history of the people of Zimbabwe. At no stage in the history of Zimbabwe has the struggle between the forces of social progress, national independence and peace on the one hand, and the forces of colonial class oppression on the other, reached such a promising and such a revolutionary height. We are mourning the thousands of Zimbabweans who have lost their lives in the struggle. Comrade Nikita Mangena is one of them."
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Background: 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.