Bishop Abel Muzorewa, one of the black leaders working with Ian Smith in the Transitional Government in Rhodesia has visited (Saturday 12 August) an area said to be controlled by black guerrillas who, it is claimed support the so-called Internal Settlement.
SV Bishop Muzorewa's car arriving at Msana Tribal Trust Land.
SV Bishop Muzorewa speaking top a guerrillas.
SV guerrillas drilling.
SV Muzorewa, surrounded by people, walking to chair.
SV guerrillas chanting (3 shots)
SV and Cu Bishop Muzorewa, holding gun, joining in chanting (3 shots)
GV guerrilla with gun.
SV guerrilla speaking in native tongue to the crowd.
CU signboard "We stand for peace"
CU Bishop Muzorewa speaking to crowd
SV Interviewer questioning Bishop Muzorewa.
MUZOREWA: "We have today seen what we mean by a frozen area. We have seen good example of what we mean by stopping confrontation and turning to reconciliating and creating of peace in our country and prosperity."
REPORTER: "Bishop, what is your reaction to the turn out here this afternoon?"
MUZOREWA: "Well, I don't know whether you have heard what I said. I was saying that I'm now 53 years of age and I've never been as pleased as happy, as thrilled as I've been today. Not because of the crowd, because we've drawn more crowds than what we've drawn today, but for the fact that our ceasefire programme has been actually in action here where this whole area is now what we could call a frozen area. In fact I want to call it a peaceful area in that there is no longer confrontation but everything which is going on is now reconciliation and peace; the activities.
Bishop Muzorewa signed the March internal settlement accord along with White Premier Ian Smith and two other black Nationalist leaders, the Reverend Ndabaningi Sithole and Chief Jeremiah Chirau. Joshua Nkomo, head of the Zimbabwe African People's Union (ZAPU) and Robert Mugabe, head of the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANO) have joined forces in the Patriotic Front, and have vowed to continue the guerrilla war.
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Background: Bishop Abel Muzorewa, one of the black leaders working with Ian Smith in the Transitional Government in Rhodesia has visited (Saturday 12 August) an area said to be controlled by black guerrillas who, it is claimed support the so-called Internal Settlement. The group are said to have declared the Msana Tribal Trust Lands, about 50 kilometres (31 miles) from Salisbury, a "free zone."
SYNOPSIS: Bishop Muzorewa, the President of Rhodesia's United African National Council (UANC) is said to have attended a rally in the tribal trust area, attended by some 3,000 supporters, including the guerrillas. The guerrillas were said to have defected from Robert Mugabe's faction of the Patriotic Front, but this has been denied by the Bishop's opponents.
None of the large overseas press corps now based in Salisbury was given notice of the meeting, and the only record of its was filmed by a cameraman from Rhodesia's television service.
Bishop Muzorewa has long claimed to have support from some guerrilla forces in Rhodesia. The UANC said the rally provided evidence that the ceasefire efforts were beginning to work, and that the Bishop commanded majority support in the tribal trust lands. But one of Mr. Joshua Nkomo's chief lieutenants said the men at Msana were not pro-government guerrillas at all, but youth-wing members of the Bishop's party, who had been made to stand in.
The Bishop maintained this was a free area.
Afterwards the spoke to a Rhodesia television reporter.