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    Rhodesian Nationalist leader Mr.

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    SV EXTERIOR ZANU (Patriotic Front) leader Mr. Robert Mugabe speaking in English

    SV Reporters taking notes

    SV EXTERIOR Mr. Mugabe speaking in English

    SVs Reporters taking notes and Mr. Mugabe speaking (2 shots)

    MUGABE: "That some group may have acted otherwise is immaterial to us. Because first and foremost the Governor should never have deployed the Rhodesian forces. They should be barracked. They should have been barracked from the very moment the ceasefire started. So should have the auxiliaries forces. But the Governor has chosen to deploy them, and deploy the auxiliaries the whole period throughout the whole country. The strategy is obvious. He would want them to continue in these acts if he doesn't curb them, if he doesn't disengage them. what other conclusion can we, you know, arrive at, you see, than that the Governor is acquiescing in this act? And the strategy seems to take the following direction; it's unfolding itself in the...(car horn sounds) don't mind, that is a common occurrence, the cars when they pass here they make that funny noise....The strategy is unfolding itself in three main ways. One, through attempts to...or actual acts, of extermination of the leadership, at all levels of the Party. Then you have a second dimension in which the strategy is unfolding. The first is that of assassinations, or attempts to assassinate us, arrests of Central Committee, and lower level leaders in the Party. The Governor, he has decided to give himself sweeping powers never contemplated at Lancaster House."

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    Background: Rhodesian Nationalist leader Mr. Robert Mugabe has accused the Government Security Forces of trying to kill him and he said the Governor, Lord Soames, was responsible. Mr. Mugabe was speaking at a news conference in Salisbury on Monday (11 February), the day after he missed death by moments when a bomb exploded under his car. He said that if Rhodesian forces and auxiliary troops were not confined to barracks, and if his ZANU-Patriotic Front Party was banned in any area, he would no longer comply with the seven-week ceasefire. On the day white voters went to the polls (Thursday 14 February) Rhodesian police arrested three election candidates from Mr. Mugabe's party in the southern town of Shabani. The arrests followed a confrontation between Mr. Mugabe and the Governor Lord Soames over allegations that thousands of Mr. Mugabe's guerrillas have ignored the ceasefire.

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