Forty-one heads of state from Commonwealth nations are making their way to the Zambian capital of Lusaka this week for the opening of the Commonwealth Conference.
CU Patriotic Front co-leader Joshua Nkomo speaking in English at Lusaka news conference
NKOMO: "Propaganda was mounted using the British Queen as a political instruments. It would be in bad taste, and this caters to your excellency, for me to pay the British propagandist in their own wicked coin -- using the Queen as a political football. The present British government is involved in this evil propaganda. The Queen is your guest. However, the question demands to be asked, who is the terrorist in Zimbabwe? Is it those who rebel against their own Queen with the intention of usurping Zimbabwe and perpetrating minority racist rule in that country for all time, or, is it those who took up arms to do that which the British government was not willing to do because the rebels wore a white skin
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Background: Forty-one heads of state from Commonwealth nations are making their way to the Zambian capital of Lusaka this week for the opening of the Commonwealth Conference. But the co-leader of the Zimbabwe Rhodesian Patriotic Front, Joshua Nkomo, has already caused controversy by declining an invitation from Zambia President, Kenneth Kaunda, to take part in the festivities celebrating the arrival of Queen Elizabeth of Britain. At a news conference in Lusaka on Friday (27 July), Mr. Nkomo read a letter which he had sent to the Zambian President. In the letter, he accused the British government of "using the Queen as a political football".