The constitutional talks over Rhodesia's future -- and on his return to Geneva in Switzerland, nationalist leader Bishop Abel Muzorewa has dismissed one of his rivals as a potential leader of a free black Zimbabwe.
SV Members of Rhodesian nationalist leader Bishop Abel Muzorewa's delegation look on as Bishop interviewed after arrival in Geneva, Switzerland.
CU Muzorewa interviewed.
GV Rhodesian nationalist leader Joshua Nkomo interviewed in London, U.K.
REPORTER: "How do you think you can put more pressure on Mr. Smith?"
MUZOREWA: "Well, I wish I had some pressured to put on Mr. Smith, other than the pressures that brought us to this conference, but I believe that the people to whom Mr. Smith looked for support are the people who should put pressure no him in that they would not support him as he tries to hold on to power and lead a lot of people to sufferance."
REPORTER:"You're regarded by some of the Mugabe faction as being guilty, apparently, if it's guilty, of compromise and appeasement and so on, and on the other hand Mr. Smith says that you're all equally intransigent; all you heads; the leaders. How do you react to that rather different judgement on either side?"
MUZOREWA: "Well, I think that from the Mugabe side they are talking absolutely rubbish. They're trying to play a cheap militancy in Geneva, because we have stewed for demand of transfer of power and that's what we all came here for, and that we have not compromised on that."
NKOMO: "I should make myself clear what I mean by the transfer of power. This means that the transfer of power from a minority of our people to a majority of our people, which include the minority which has held power for 85 years now."
REPORTER: "Despite the fact that there has been no progress, do you still expect to seen an independent Zimbabwe within 12 or 14 months?"
NKOMO: "I expect an independent Zimbabwe within nine months, and i still do that. I have no cause to change my mind abut that."
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Background: The constitutional talks over Rhodesia's future -- and on his return to Geneva in Switzerland, nationalist leader Bishop Abel Muzorewa has dismissed one of his rivals as a potential leader of a free black Zimbabwe. The Bishop, one of the leaders of the African National Council, said guerrilla leader Robert Mugabe was playing at 'cheap militancy'. He's been no a tour of Europe during a break in the conference. Meanwhile one of his rivals, veteran Rhodesian nationalist Mr. Joshua Nkomo, has been in London during the break; forecasting black independence within nine months.
SYNOPSIS: First, Bishop Muzorewa.