The two wings of the Patriotic Front will contest the Rhodesia general elections in February as separate entities.
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.