INTRODUCTION: The Central Committee of Joshua Nkomo's Patriotic Front Zimbabwe African Peoples' Union (PF-ZAPU) held two days of talks in Salisbury over the weekend (17 and 18 January) to try to head off a major rift with Prime Minister Robert Mugabe and the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF).
GV Demonstrators run along streets with anti-government posters and chanting
SV ZAPU leader Joshua Nkomo greeted by crowd and entering Arcadia Hall and his supporters continue demonstration (2 shots)
SV INTERIOR Nkomo with Patriotic Front Central Committee
GV (FOLLOWING DAY) Crowds gathered outside Mr. Nkomo's home
SV PAN People chanting outside Nkomo home
SV Mr. Nkomo speaks to reporter as crowds look on (2 shots)
SV Mr. Nkomo addressing news conference as crowds look on (3 shots)
SV PAN Crowds watching TO Nkomo
SCU Nkomo answering questions from newsmen
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)
SEQ. 6: NKOMO: "The central committee has reaffirmed the executive committee's position that the joint control of security arrangements at his crucial moment is an obligation of both parties and is vital. The document will not be released immediately until the Prime Minister has read through it."
REPORTER: "What are you the minister of today then? Are you Home Affairs Minister nor not?"
NKOMO: "I am Joshua Kabuko Nkomo."
REPORTER: "Have you accepted the public administration job? (Cheers) Have you accepted the public..."
NKOMO: " The document, the document of the Patriotic Front will make the position very clearly where we stand."
REPORTER: "Have you accepted..."
NKOMO: "When you ask me who I am I told you my name.
REPORTER: "Have you accepted the new job though?"
NKOMO: "Now listen. The documents will be released."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The Central Committee of Joshua Nkomo's Patriotic Front Zimbabwe African Peoples' Union (PF-ZAPU) held two days of talks in Salisbury over the weekend (17 and 18 January) to try to head off a major rift with Prime Minister Robert Mugabe and the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF). The rift has been developing since early January when Mr. Mugabe announced he was demoting Mr. Nkomo from the Home Affairs ministry to a less portfolio. The move denies Mr. Nkomo control police and security. After the talks Mr. Nkomo said he had sent a message to Mr. Mugabe seeking a compromise over the affair which threatens the stability of the ZANU-ZAPU coalition government.
SYNOPSIS: Supporters of Mr. Nkomo are angry about Mr. Mugabe's latest move. The youth wing of ZAPU believes the party should withdraw from the government over the demotion of its leader. Others believe withdrawal would play into the hands of Mr. Mugabe who they claim wants to isolate Mr. Nkomo and pave the way for a one party state. Against this background Mr. Nkomo called together his party's central committee on Saturday to discuss its lessening influence in the government of Zimbabwe and ways of seeking a compromise with Prime Minister Mugabe.
On Sunday the central committee met Mr.Nkomo at is home near Salisbury. After the meeting Mr. Nkomo spoke of his party's stand on the demotion and revealed that he was sending a private document to Mr. Mugabe outlining his position.