Rhodesian Patriotic Front leader, Mr. Joshua Nkomo, described the proposals for an all-party peace conference?
SV Mr. Joshua Nkomo, Rhodesian Patriotic Front leader, and Mr. Mainza Chona, Secretary-General of Zambia's ruling United Independence National Party arriving at Kafue Secretarial School, Zambia
GV Girls singing and dancing
SV Mr. Nkomo speaking
SV People listening (NATURAL SOUND) (2 shots)
SV Mr. Nkomo continuing speech
JOSHUA NKOMO: "Britain could have landed in Southern Rhodesia the very day that Smith was attempting to make that country independent, on his own. But Britain did not do that. Britain had done certain things before Smith could be brave enough to announce his so-called independence."
JOSHUA NKOMO: "Just before the announcement by President Kaunda, the State Department said 'no, no, no we are still considering, we're still considering, we're still considering, we're still considering. What did they do when they knew that in a day's time President Kaunda was going to announce the opening of border? Carter is supposed to have pressurised Vance to issue a visa to Smith. So that these things come together, opening of the border and the invitation of Smith to the United States."
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Background: 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.