INTRODUCTION The appointment of Rhodesian nationalist leaders Robert Mugabe and Joshua Nkomo as the 'sole representative' of the country's black population has had a dramatic effect on the efforts to find a peaceful solution there.
GV: British High Commissioner's residence in Lusaka, Zambia. (SILENT)(2 shots)
SV: Rhodesian nationalists Mugabe and Nkomo at news conference. (SILENT)
SV INTERIOR: Rhodesian nationalist leader Muzorewa speaking to reporters in Salisbury, Rhodesia.
CU: listener. (SILENT)
SCU: Muzorewa continuing speaking (SILENT)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ 3: RHODESIAN NATIONALIST LEADER BISHOP ABEL MUZOREWA: "The ANC firmly condemns the position of the Front-Line states as reflected in their Lusaka statement of tenth January, 1977. The statement contains nothing new to us in Zimbabwe, and will certainly not defeat the United ANC. The only difference in their position is that the honesty position has emerged, and they have openly admitted what they have all along deliberately denied. They had always said it was not their business to chose the leadership for the people of Zimbabwe, and to try to impose a leadership upon us is an insult to the seven million people of Zimbabwe. It is an action which Zimbabweans must treat with contempt it deserves, besides defying and resisting it effectively. We shouldn't, must not, permit arrogance and paternalistic actions such have been demonstrated in our case."
SEQ 5: MUZOREWA: "The referendum must, of necessity, include the participation of all detainees, guerrillas, Zimbabweans in exile, and all those in the so-called protected villages. We reiterate our demand, and are rebuilding our efforts to achieve an effective transfer of power from the minority to the majority. The urgency in the search for a just and acceptable solution has become even greater now than ever before, since thousands of our people are experiencing so much inhuman destruction."
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Background: INTRODUCTION The appointment of Rhodesian nationalist leaders Robert Mugabe and Joshua Nkomo as the 'sole representative' of the country's black population has had a dramatic effect on the efforts to find a peaceful solution there. The move by the five so-called Front Line Presidents over the weekend has caused concern in the Rhodesian and South African capitals -- and has bitterly angered rival nationalist leader Bishop Abel Muzorewa. He immediately condemned the decision as "arrogance' -- and called for a referendum among the black population to chose a leader before the next stage of the Geneva Conference.
SYNOPSIS: At the centre of much of the activity in Lusaka, the Zambian capital, has been the British High Commissioner's house. For it's the British chairman of the Geneva conference, Mr. Ivor Richard, who's trying to reconvene the postponed Geneva conference on Rhodesia. The announcement came as he was about to fly in for talks with Mr. Mugabe and Mr. Nkomo, as well as President Kenneth Kaunda - a party to the joint Front Line decision. In Rhodesia itself, Bishop Muzorewa reacted quickly -- and sharply.
The Bishop then made his call for the referendum to decide who should represent black Rhodesians in Geneva.