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    Mr. Joshua Nkomo, the co-leader of the Patriotic Front, says his struggle has been for?

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    SV AND CU INTERIOR Patriotic Front leader Joshua Nkomo speaking in English. (2 shots)

    DARBY: Mr. Nkomo, will you be campaigning actively."

    NKOMO: Yes, we shall campaign actively, but our campaigning has been done not...it's not something we're going to do as from now. It has been there, because the fighting itself has been done by the people, it was a people's war, not ours, they have been fighting, it's for them now to decide who must run their country. To me, that which I was fighting for has been achieved, elections are a means to get into run that which we've been fighting for. But the main thing I have got that is Zimbabwe, it has been found. For thirty years I've struggled with my colleagues at last we have got Zimbabwe. So we have won. Winning the election is a small thing which seemed a big thing but we have achieved."

    DARBY: "So even if you lost an election you would still have a sense of achievement?"

    NKOMO: "When you fight for universal suffrage, you're not fighting for people to have an election to choose you, but to choose whoever they think will run their country at that particular time. As far as I am concerned, I have done my job and it is for the people now to decide who will run their country."

    DARBY: "Will you be campaigning on a common platform with Mr. Mugabe or will political differences now emerge?"

    NKOMO: "Well, the Patriotic Front, we fought together we have worked together past political and diplomatic setbacks, now we are moving together to finish the job. And that is to see that the country gets a movement of their choice."

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    Background: Mr. Joshua Nkomo, the co-leader of the Patriotic Front, says his struggle has been for universal suffrage in Rhodesia, and now the people will have to choose who they think will run the country best. Mr. Nkomo made the remark on Tuesday (18 December) a day after he initialled a final ceasefire agreement at the end of the London talks on the future of Rhodesia. The agreement gave the Patriotic Front a sixteenth assembly point for its forces and the concession that the Rhodesian Governor Lord Soames could provide more if necessary. Visnews reporter John Darby asked Mr. Nkomo about his plans.

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