Tanzania's Foreign Minister, Mr. John Majecela, has reiterated his Government's support for Zambia following Rhodesia's?
Tanzania's Foreign Minister, Mr. John Majecela, has reiterated his Government's support for Zambia following Rhodesia's closure of their common border - and has claimed that the Rhodesians' move was aimed at 'the whole of Africa'
In an exclusive interview with VISNEWS at Nairobi Airport in Kenya on Saturday (January 20), where he was in transit on his way home from Ghana, Mr. Majecels said Rhodesia was testing Africa's determination to maintain an armed struggle against the southern African governments.
Referring to an incident on Lake Malawi earlier in the week, when a Tanzanian shore battery opened fire on a gunboat which had come from the direction of Malawi, he said the vessel must have come from Mocambique. His country's relations with Malawi had been good lately, he said, and there was no reason why Malawi should send a gunboat into Tanzanian waters.
The vessel, which was reported hit but escaped in the direction of Malawi, was seen to be manned by a mixed crew of black and white men. Lake Malawi is bordered by the Portuguese colony of Mocambique, with which Tanzania does not have relations.
SYNOPSIS: Tanzania's Foreign Minister, Mr. John Majecela, spoke about the Rhodesian-Zambian border issue at Nairobi Airport in Kenya on Saturday, while passing through on his way home from Ghana.