Rhodesian Patriotic Front leader, Mr. Joshua Nkomo, described the proposals for an all-party peace conference?
Rhodesian Patriotic Front leader, Mr. Joshua Nkomo, described the proposals for an all-party peace conference on the future of Rhodesia as "nonsense", in a major speech made at the opening of a Secretarial school at Kafue, Zambia on Saturday (7 October). Mr. Nkomo accused britain, the United States and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) of conspiring to bring down the Zambian economy to perpetuate white supremacy in Rhodesia, and force the Zambian President, Dr. Kenneth Kaunda to reopen Zambia's vital southern trade route through Rhodesia.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Nkomo was speaking at the opening of a secretarial school for his Zimbabwe African People's Union (ZAPU). He got an enthusiastic reception.
This was Mr. Nkomo's first public speech since President Kenneth Kaunda's announcement of the reopening of Zambia's southern trade route through Rhodesia. He bitterly accused Britain of putting her interests above Africa's.
Mr. Nkomo defended Zambia's opening of the rail link with Rhodesia, then attacked Mr. Ian Smith's visit to the United States.