The two rival factions of Rhodesia's African National Council, led by veteran nationalist, Joshua Nkomo, and Bishop Abel Muzorewa, have been holding massive rallies in a bid to attract support for their claims to lead an eventual black government.
LV ZOOM IN ON: supporters to Geneva conference delegate addressing crowd, at Nkomo A.N.C. rally in Salisbury, Rhodesia.
SV: supporters listening to delegate (2 shots)
SV PAN: supporters cheering.
TOP GV PAN AND TOP VIEW: Muzorewa A.N.C. supporters at huge rally. (2 shots)
SV: banners "We stand behind Muzorewa"
TOP VIEW AND CU: crowd cheering as A.N.C. vice-president Elliot Gabellah arrives, climbs on to balcony, and waves to crowd. (2 shots)
SCU PAN: Gabellah addressing crowd.
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Background: The two rival factions of Rhodesia's African National Council, led by veteran nationalist, Joshua Nkomo, and Bishop Abel Muzorewa, have been holding massive rallies in a bid to attract support for their claims to lead an eventual black government.
SYNOPSIS: The largest of the nation-wide meetings were held in the black African township of Highfields, outside the Rhodesian capital Salisbury. Strictly speaking, under Rhodesian security laws the gatherings were illegal -- but the organisers claimed they were 'press conferences'. Mr. Nkomo's rally -- he himself is still in Geneva at the conference on Rhodesia's future -- attracted fewer supporters. But his power-base is in the southern half of the country, and among rural rather than urban blacks.
In contrast, Bishop Muzorewa's rally -- or 'press conference', attended by a handful of white' newsmen -- attracted a crowd of some thirty thousand Africans. The Bishop was also away in Europe for the Geneva conference, but sent back a deputy to take his message to the people. The Bishop, a relative newcomer to Rhodesian politics, attracts the support of urban Africans, especially in the northern Mashona and Manica tribal areas like Salisbury.
It was one of bishop Muzorewa's first lieutenants, ANC vice-President, Dr. Elliot Gabellah, who was sent home from Geneva to carry the message. This was one man, one vote, and an invitation to whites in Rhodesia to join the party before the country comes under a black government within the next two years. The Bishop, who commands sufficient popular support to make him a strong contender for leadership in any open vote, wants the interim government of the nation to be elected. This is a point of contention at the Geneva conference. Prime Minister Ian Smith wants it appointed, with key ministerial posts like law and defence to remain in white hands. Black leaders like Robert Mugabe, representing guerrilla forces, is also against interim elections.