Mr. Joshua Nkomo, leader of one faction of Rhodesia's African National Council (ANC), held an?
Mr. Joshua Nkomo, leader of one faction of Rhodesia's African National Council (ANC), held an hour of private talks with Kenya's President Jomo Kenyatta in the northern State House in Nakuru, 100 miles (160 kilometres) north of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, on Friday (19 December).
He is believed to have briefed the President on his recent talks with Rhodesian Prime Minister, Ian Smith, in the search for a constitutional settlement on Rhodesia's future.
Mr. Nkomo arrived in Kenya on Friday following talks in Kampala with Uganda's President Idi Amin, current President of the Organisation of African Unity. The Rhodesian nationalist leader's special assistant described the talks as "fruitful and encouraging".
On Saturday (20 December), Mr. Nkomo reiterated that if the present talks with Mr. Smith fail, there would be no alternative to armed struggle to bring about majority African rule in Rhodesia. He said the A.N.C. was not seeking concessions from the present Rhodesian government for "We are seven-and-a-half million people, and we demand self-determination and freedom".
There are signs, however, that Mr. Nkomo is losing support within the African community in Rhodesia, following accusations that he is responsible for the split in the A.N.C. with the faction led by Dr. Elliot Gabellah and the Reverend Abel Muzorewa.