In Rhodesia, black nationalist leader Bishop Abel Muzorewa -- one of the leaders of the country's transitional coalition government designed to lead to a black-ruled Zimbabwe at the end of this year -- has spoken at a rally deep in an African reserve known to have been infiltrated by guerrillas.
SV Rhodesian black nationalists leader Bishop Abel Muzorewa greeting whites (3 shots)
TV & SV Muzorewa and delegation mingling with whites and having tea (5 shots)
CU Muzorewa speaking while audience listens (5 shots)
MUZOREWA: "Now I could go and tell you all sorts of nasty stories. It is a time now to forget, to forgive, to seek an understanding and to accept that this is now 1978 and not 1890. And if we approach our, our lives here and all our problems with this kind of attitude, I promise you that we will find ourselves....in a much happier state of affairs and li??? than we have done in the past. I think that some of us are going to feel very sorry that we wasted our time in the past of this sort of thing. Here we are you know, here we are, nicely together, and I can assure you that if we had studied this 20 years ago we would be even much more comfortable with each other than maybe we are at this moment."
Bishop Muzorewa also pledged that the guerrilla war would stop when racial discrimination was scrapped, when all black political detainees were released and when protected villages -- set up by the government to deny guerrillas food and shelter -- were dismantled.
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Background: In Rhodesia, black nationalist leader Bishop Abel Muzorewa -- one of the leaders of the country's transitional coalition government designed to lead to a black-ruled Zimbabwe at the end of this year -- has spoken at a rally deep in an African reserve known to have been infiltrated by guerrillas.
SYNOPSIS: The rally was organised by white farmers in the area and one of them, Tim Peech, aged 30, said they had contacted Bishop Muzorewa and asked him to speak at the request of the local people. Mr. Peech said that it had taken two weeks to plan the meeting and that tribal drums had been used to beat out the message of the coming event.
Bishop Muzorewa attended a tea party before the rally. Speaking to newsmen Tim Peech said that attempts had been made to contact the Patriotic Front guerrillas who oppose the internal settlement -- and at the rally some young men claimed they would report on it to the guerrillas. But most of the 1,200 people who came were ??? listen to the Bishop's words.