The Tanzanian Foreign Minister, Mr. John Malecela, said in Wellington, New Zealand, last weekend, that?
The Tanzanian Foreign Minister, Mr. John Malecela, said in Wellington, New Zealand, last weekend, that his country did not want to exercise any pressure on New Zealand over the proposed tour of a South African rugby team, planned for later this year. Tanzania is among African countries which have threatened to boycott the 1974 Commonwealth Games in Christ church, New Zealand, if the Springbok rugby tour takes place.
Mr. Malecela was interviewed when he arrived on Sunday (11 March) for several days of talks with the New Zealand Prime Minister, Mr. Norman Kirk, and government officials. He said he had a personal message from President Julius Nyerere for Mr. Kirk.
The Tanzanian Foreign Minister said he believed the rugby tour issue was still within the competence of the New Zealand Government to solve. Mr. Malecela had flown from Australia, where he'd held talks with Prime Minister Gough Whitlam.
SYNOPSIS: Tanzanian Foreign Minister John Malecela was interviewed on a visit to New Zealand about the supreme Council for Sport in Africa's threat to boycott next year's Commonwealth Games if a South African rugby team tours New Zealand.