The two wings of the Patriotic Front will contest the Rhodesia general elections in February as separate entities.
GV PAN ZANU supporters arriving for rally
CU & SV Posters supporting Patriotic Front and their leaders Robert Mugabe and Joshua Nkomo (2 shots)
CU & GV Man on rostrum with ZANU flag encouraging crowd to cheer (2 shots)
CU ZANU Treasurer General Enos Nkala (wearing white T-shirt) introduces young female P.F. commander
GV Crowd cheering
LV ZOOM IN Nkala speaking in English
GV Crowd applauds
CU Nkala continues speech
GV Crowd cheering (2 shots)
NKALA: "We begin by saying, he is not impartial. I repeat: We begin by saying, he cannot be impartial, because, one: he is white, because two: Britain colonised this country, because three; when U.D.I. was declared, Britain pretended to impose ???anctions and therefore represent and tried to aid a rebel government to continue to rule the African people. That's why we begin by saying he's not impartial. He has to prove himself that he is impartial, then we can accept that he is impartial...ZANU and ZAPU will contest elections as ZAPU. ZANU will contest elections as ZANU, but we will retain some loose alliance with our colleagues. After winning the election -- we are sure ZANU will sweep into victory -- we will not be spiteful because ZAPU has fought alongside us to bring about the realisation of the freedom of this country. We will not be spiteful. If we win and form a government, we shall put the leader of ZAPU in the place where Gumeda (Titular President Josiah Zion Gumeda) was."
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Background: The two wings of the Patriotic Front will contest the Rhodesia general elections in February as separate entities. The acting president of the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU) Mr. Enos Nkala told a massive rally near Salisbury on Sunday (30 December) that his party will nonetheless maintain a loose alliance with the Zimbabwe African People's Union (ZAPU). If ZANU won the elections -- Mr. Nkala told his audience -- his party would share seats with Mr.Joshua Nkomo's group.
SYNOPSIS: The ZANU rally at Highfields, about 18 kilometres (ten miles) outside Salisbury, was an impressive display of support for the party which was banned -- until the London peace agreement between the Patriotic front and the former government of Bishop Abel Muzorewa came into force. Some hundred thousand supporters thronged into eight football fields for ZANU's first official attempt at electioneering since the Governor, Lord Soames, declared the Patriotic Front legal.
The speaker, ZANU's acting president Enos Nkala, introduced Miriam to his cheering supporters. Miriam returned to Salisbury last Wednesday (26 December) together with 42 of her fellow guerrilla officers.
Then Mr. Nkala launched into his election address, doubting Lord Soames's impartiality to Rhodesia's various political factions.
The Presidency is a ceremonial office under Rhodesia's new constitution, and Mr. Mugabe will therefore retain legislative power, if ZANU wins the election.