In the Zimbabwe Rhodesian capital of Salisbury supporters of Prime Minister Abel Muzorewa's United African National Council (U.
GV: demonstrators at U.Z.N.C. party headquarters singing and waving anti-Chikerema placards in Salisbury. (4 shots)
GV: demonstrators running through streets. (2 shots)
SV: army truck with black soldier passing demonstrators and waves to demonstrators.
SV: demonstrators marching back to party headquarters
GV: demonstrators arriving back and cheering in front of platform
SCU: Mr. Chris Sakala U.A.N.C. Publicity Secretary speaking to demonstrators and crowds cheer
SAKALA: 'I would like to make it a point and I emphasise this point. that the demonstration which has taken place this morning is spontaneous. We haven't organised this. These people are trying to express their heartfelt disappointment over the manner these people have broken away from the government of national unity, from the U.A.N.C. Why I am saying this is that these people have used the party machinery and party funds to be elected into parliament as members of the U.A.N.C. but not as individuals.
Leaders of the U.A.N.C. have severely criticised white civil servants for giving interpretations of the law which run counter to the party's views. Mr. Sakala, quoted in the Hereld newspaper said civil servants made themselves vulnerable to attack by making public statements. The soldier solicitor-General George Smith advised Prime Minister Abel Muzorewa about the constitutional position and informed sources claim Mr. Smith had the same interpretation of the electoral laws as the Registrar-General Mr. Eric Pope Simmonds.
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Background: In the Zimbabwe Rhodesian capital of Salisbury supporters of Prime Minister Abel Muzorewa's United African National Council (U.A.N.C.) demonstrated on Saturday (23 June) against veteran Nationalist James Chikerema and his newly formed party, the Zimbabwe Democratic Party. On Wednesday (20 June) the former U.A.N.C. Vice-President and seven allies broke away and formed the Z.D.P. Mr. Chikerema has accused Bishop Muzorewa of running what he calls a tribal mafia and ignoring the party constitution.
SYNOPSIS: Hundreds of U.A.N.C. supporters gathered at the party's headquarters to begin a march through the streets of Salisbury.
The U.A.N.C. has said that since the April elections were on a party list system, the eight breakaway former members must resign their parliamentary seats and be replaced by other U.A.N.C. nominees.
If the ZDP, members are allowed to retain their seats in parliament it will eliminate the overall majority of Bishop Muzorewa in both parliament and the cabinet.
After the protest march, the U.A.N.C. supporters were addressed by the party's publicity secretary, Chris Sakala. A legal row in now brewing between the U.A.N.C. and the Register-General who says that electoral law allows members of parliament to retain their seats after changing party.