The new government of Zimbabwe Rhodesia has claimed some success for its policy of offering amnesty to guerrillas who defect from their bases in Zambia and Mozambique.
GV EXT Military base at Fort Victoria
SV & LV INT Former guerrillas Lovemore Katsande (left)and Maxwell Pomerai Takawengwa facing newsmen and photographers (2 shots)
CU Katsande answering questions (2 shots)
CU Takawengwa speaking and answering questions
TRANSCRIPT: REPORTER: "Do many of them want to stay and keep fighting or do many of them want to come back and give themselves up?"
KATSANDE: "I think the other ones want to come back here but the way to come back is always very hard. It's very hard because they keep you very much."
REPORTER: "How do they keep you very much?"
KATSANDE: "Even if you go to the toilet for five minutes they follow you."
REPORTER: "Are they as willing to fight against the black government as they were against they white government?"
KATSANDE: "They said, we are still fighting with Muzorewa because they don't want him to be the leader."
TAKAWENGWA: "When I run away, just because I come myself to surrender, that I don't know what I am fighting for, nothing there to Mugabe, so I must go and surrender myself to the new government which is already in the power, so I must go and surrender myself, otherwise I can stay in a good way. When I am staying in the bush, always we don't have food to eat. We only stay for three days or four days without eating. So I thought that I go to surrender myself they can keep me all right in a good way."
REPORTER: "How did you survive?"
TAKAWENGWA: "We survived by...we get some things in the bushes to eat. They told us if you go to surrender you're going to be killed. So myself I always say if I go and surrender and get killed it's better than staying here and fighting for nothing."
Special Branch police reports given to reporters at the news conferences claimed that both men were 'abducted' by terrorists in Zimbabwe Rhodesia and taken to guerrilla training camps in Mozambique. The reports said the men had been supporters of Prime Minister Muzorewa before they left. Although they'd been told they would be killed if they deserted, they managed to get away from their groups and surrender to Zimbabwe Rhodesian security forces.
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Background: The new government of Zimbabwe Rhodesia has claimed some success for its policy of offering amnesty to guerrillas who defect from their bases in Zambia and Mozambique. Francis Zindoga, the Minister of Law and Order, claimed on Friday (15 June) when two surrendered guerrillas attended a news conference, that the trickle of those claiming amnesty could turn into a flood.
SYNOPSIS: The news conference was held at a military base in Fort Victoria. According to the police, Lovemore Katsande -- on the left -- was a security officer with Robert Mugabe's forces, and Maxwell takawengwa was a medical officer.