Zambia's President Kenneth Kaunda on Friday (20 February) said a bloodbath would follow if the present constitutional talks broke down between Rhodesian Prime Minister, Mr.
GV Kaunda entering mulungushi hall and walks to microphones (Mute)
SV officials seated for Kaunda speech (which starts at 13 feet) LAN to Kaunda speaking (2 shots)
SOF STARTS "Smith says.......
SOF OUT "..... bloodbath must follow".
Kaunda: "Smith says his electorate will not allow majority rule to come now. Alright that means this will now be settled on the battlefield. And that electorate will not be there in a few weeks time. That electorate will run away from Rhodesia before Zimbabwe is born. Where is that electorate going to be which is not going to agree to majority rule. Where is it going to be. It won't be there. That electorate will lose all their farms, all their industries to the liberation movements. That's all. It's a stupid thing to say in 1976, February 1976 in southern Africa to say to the electorate, the white electorate of 250,000 people who won't accept majority rule, what a stupid thing to say. That time has gone now, they have lost out. Their farms will remain intact. Their industries will be upset by the people who take them over and reorganise them. They have only themselves to blame. African leaders have never stood for racialism, never- and African leaders as far as I know will never be racialists, in reverses, at all, at all, at all. So the rebels in Rhodesia have cheated white people there, and now the time of reckoning has come, they have only themselves to blame. Africa has been patient enough, that patience has been exhausted, and now the bloodbath must follow.
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Background: Zambia's President Kenneth Kaunda on Friday (20 February) said a bloodbath would follow if the present constitutional talks broke down between Rhodesian Prime Minister, Mr. Ian Smith, and black nationalist leader, Mr. Joshua Nkoma.
"I have made it clear to Mr. Nkoma. Get majority rule and you are alright. Fail and you become irrelevant," Mr. Kaunda said.
"Africa has been patient enough. That patience has been exhausted and now the bloodbath must follow."
President Kaunda said Mr. Smith had said his electorate would not allow majority rule immediately.
"All right, that means this will now be settled on the battlefield. That electorate will lose all their farms and all their industries to the liberation movement," he said.
"It is a stupid thing to say in 1976, February 1976 in southern Africa, to say the electorate, the white electorate of 250,000 people won't accept majority rule. What a stupid thing to say."
Also in his speech, President Kaunda reiterated his country's non-recognition of the MPLA government in Angola and called for a withdrawal of all foreign troops from the country.
He also accused the Soviet Union of involvement in anti-government demonstrations in Zambia.
The Soviet envoy at the conference conferred with his interpreter and he looked angry. He did not walk out as the Czechoslovak ambassador had done earlier, when President Kaunda had condemned the Soviet intervention in Czechoslovakia in 1968.