Robert Mugabe, joint leader of the Zimbabwe-Rhodesia Patriotic Front, has said the Front must share control of the country's security forces during the period of transition to black majority rule.
SCU Joint Leader of Patriotic Front, Robert Mugabe, speaking to reporters (3 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 1: MUGABE: "Who are we? Do you ever know who we are in the country? We are the dominant factor in the country. Let it not be forgotten that we are operating in ninety percent of the total land area of the country. Operating - I am not saying we are effective, but our operations cover all that, and this is the area over which martial law extends at the present moment. The enemy themselves admit that there is hardly a spot in the country where our operations are absent, and this means therefore, that we have an organisational machinery which has reached to the people. We cannot fail in any democratic elections, freely held with an impartial supervisor superintending them. We cannot fail, it is just impossible, and so I don't even want to imagine your ugly proposition.
Here you have adherence to traditional whether that tradition is ruinous or not. No, it is our tradition, let's have it, just as Britain was saying to us the other day - oh, we have the notion of the Queen, we want you to have a Present without teeth, it doen't matter, we feel this is the right thing. But we said no. If you have a had, the head must have executive power, otherwise why is he a head at all?"
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Background: Robert Mugabe, joint leader of the Zimbabwe-Rhodesia Patriotic Front, has said the Front must share control of the country's security forces during the period of transition to black majority rule. At a press conference in Belgium last week (29 September), he replied to a question as to whether he would accept minority status for the Patriotic Front if that was the election result.