Nigeria's Commissioner for External Affairs, Brigadier Joseph Garba, was sharply critical of the two rival factions of the African National Council (ANC) in Port Louis, Mauritius on Monday (5 July).
GV Nigerian Commissioner of External Affairs, Brigadier Joseph Garba speaking (7 shots)
GV Mozambique Foreign Minister Joaquim Chissano receiving cheque
SV Chissano speaking
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 1: GARBA: "My dear colleagues, ???ter of Foreign Affairs of Mozambique, ladies and gentlemen of the press, we in Nigeria believe that whatever we are able to do is only an assistance, a token of our commitment. the fighting must of necessity be done by the liberation movements themselves. this is the only way that true independence can be won. It is for this reason that the government of Nigeria has derided to make a quarter of a million dollars available to help the freedom fighters. In normal circumstances this cheque should have been delivered to an undisputed leader of the Zimbabwean movement and I am sure that would have been a pleasant duty. Unfortunately there is no such person, as the political leaders of the liberation movements are too busy bickering among themselves. We have therefore decided to hand the cheque over to the government of Mozambique and I have great pleasure in handing the cheque to my friend and scolex Mr. Chissano, who himself is a dedicated, tireless and dynamic crusader for freedom, independence and justice in Africa. Ladies and gentlemen I thank you very much."
SEQ. 4: CHISSANO: "We are receiving these funds on behalf of the fighting people of Zimbabwe and Mozambique is not going to use this money for other things, but only for that purpose. So whether they are satisfied or not maybe this will be proved by the results."
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Background: Nigeria's Commissioner for External Affairs, Brigadier Joseph Garba, was sharply critical of the two rival factions of the African National Council (ANC) in Port Louis, Mauritius on Monday (5 July). He was speaking during the presentation of a cheque to Mozambique's Foreign Minister, Senhor Joaquim Chissano while in Mauritius for the Organisation of African Unity Conference.
SYNOPSIS: The money has been donated as Nigeria's contribution towards financing the liberation struggle in Rhodesia - Zimbabwe. In his presentation speech Brigadier Garba explained why the funds were being entrusted to the Mozambique government.
The decision to channel the money through the Mozambique government has been criticised by both Bishop Abel Muzorewa, leader of the external African National Council and by his rival Mr. Joshua Nkomo, leader of the internal ANC. Senhor Chissano, however, made his government's intentions quite clear.