Black nationalist leader, Joshua Nkomo is back home in Rhodesia after a three year exile in neighbouring Zambia.
LV Air Zambia plane with passengers, Patriotic Front officials and Joshua Nkomo stepping off
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SCU Nkomo speaks in English at news conference
NKOMO: "One would have expected that the Governor and those concerned would not allow the Rhodesian Forces or the Patriotic Front Forces to confront each other. This is what we had hoped was going to take place, and I think still it is not too late. But at no time must these young people be made to confront each other."
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Background: Black nationalist leader, Joshua Nkomo is back home in Rhodesia after a three year exile in neighbouring Zambia. His return, on Sunday (13 January), brought a mixed reaction. No fewer than 120-thousand followers gave him an ecstatic hero's welcome, in Salisbury, while security forces were more interested in protecting him from a possible sniper attack.
SYNOPSIS: Now sixty-two years of age, Mr. Nkomo is considered by many peace-keeping officials to be a top assassination target, following seven years of bush was waged by the Ian Smith government to stave off black rule. Mr. Nkomo's Zimbabwe African people's Union (ZAPU), part of the Patriotic Front--will be contesting new elections at the end of next month.
Mr. Nkomo is now preaching peace, but he's bitter about the killing by Rhodesian security forces of seven of his guerrillas who refused to lay down their arms.