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    The leader of the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU), the Reverend Ndabaningi Sithole, has called for a new constitution.

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    CU AND SV: Reverend Ndabaningi Sithole speaking at press conference with newsmen listening. (5 shots)

    SITHOLE: "ZANU believes: one, that the March 3rd agreement represented a significant development in the attempt to solve the political problems facing this country. Two, that the present ANC, RF, UNFP government falls far short of the aspirations of the African people of this country. Three, that it is foolhardy to think that the aspirations of the African people can be realised in the context of the ANC, RF, UNFP government as presently constituted. Four, that to participate in the present 'can-do-nothing' parliament would be treacherous to aspirations of the people in the nationalist cause. Five, that neither the ANC, the RF nor the UNFP has the credentials to stop the present war. These parties have never been at war with one another.

    As such, no nationalist fighter will listen to any of them seriously. Any new arrangement has to come to terms with nationalist elements. The country must immediately move on the following directions: one, convene immediately a constitutional conference that should produce a new constitution with a much broader acceptability than does the present one. Two, following a constitutional conference, the present ANC, RF, UNFP government must surrender to a provisional administration in which parties to the said constitutional conference are represented. Three, new and internationally supervised general elections should be held within a specified period following the establishment of the said provisional administration, thank you."

    'The March 3rd Agreement was to the concorde that announced one-man one-vote elections scheduled for April 3, 1979.

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    Background: The leader of the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU), the Reverend Ndabaningi Sithole, has called for a new constitution. He made the announcement to newsmen only a day before his political rival, Premier Bishop Abel Muzorewa, set off to the United States and Britain in a bid to persuade both countries that white rule in Zimbabwe Rhodesia had truly ended. Reverend Sithole said the present government was unacceptable to its african people and lacked the 'credentials' to stop the ongoing civil war.

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