One of the leaders of the Patriotic Front Joshua Nkomo on Friday (30 November) predicted there would be overall agreement at the Zimbabwe Rhodesia peace talks within a week.
One of the leaders of the Patriotic Front Joshua Nkomo on Friday (30 November) predicted there would be overall agreement at the Zimbabwe Rhodesia peace talks within a week. But he said there were still two outstanding issues to be hammered out -- the make-up of a Commonwealth peace keep in force and position of the opposing armies during a ceasefire. Meanwhile Mr Nkomo's political group the Zimbabwe African People's Union (ZAPU) held what they called a new conference in Salisbury, which attracted hundreds of supporters.
SYNOPSIS: The event looked far different than a typically somber and colourless news conference. In fact it looked very much like a rally. But its organisers insisted it was not.
It was organised by Joshua Nkomo's wing of the Patriotic Front, still an illegal organisation in Zimbabwe Rhodesia. It's leaders theoretically cannot be named, or quoted. And they can't participate in any political activity. And though the organisers called the event a news conference the object seemed to be to deliver the Patriotic Front's message to its supporters.
The message was that if the Patriotic Front wins the coming election it will mean a better deal for blacks. I particular a bigger share in the land, than if Bishop Abel Muzorewa is returned to power. The Organisers said it is difficult to try to prepare for elections without flouting the law.
ZAPU's Secretary of Education Cephas Msipa explained why so many people turned out.