At the end of the British Foreign Secretary's two day official visit to Zimbabwe, the Zimbabwe Prime Minister, Robert Mugabe, has assured Lord Carrington there will be no change to the constitutional structure of his country without the consent of the people.
GV Press conference. (2 SHOTS)
SCU Lord Carrington, British Foreign Secretary, speaking. (2 SHOTS)
GV General conference scene.
SCU Prime Minister Robert Mugabe speaking in English. (3 SHOTS)
TRANSCRIPT: LORD CARRINGTON: (SEQ 2) "We discussed everything. And what Mr. Mugabe said to me is what, I think, he's said on a number of occasions. He has said that he thinks that, in the long term, a one-party state might be the right answer for Zimbabwe, but there is no question about doing it without the wishes of the people. Nor is there any question of doing it against the constitution or in an unconstitutional way. And, if you look at the constitution, you will see what that means. But what we are trying to do is persuade the Front Line states and SWAPO that the proposals that the contact group have made about the election are, in point of fact, (a) pretty uncomplicated and (b) fair, and I hope we'll succeed."
MUGABE: (SEQ 4)"If the evidence is forthcoming, and we can prove that Mr. Joshua Nkomo was associated with a group that hid these arms then he must be prosecuted."
INTERVIEWER: "Are you not concerned for the effect that might have on the situation within the country, the possibility of civil war, perhaps, if Mr. Nkomo's supporters feel sufficiently aggrieved?"
MUGABE: "No, I don't think there will be any civil war. If a person has committed a criminal offence and is prosecuted, I don't see the public going in support of him, otherwise the public would be supporting the commission of crime. And my government is not going to take kindly to anybody who supports a criminal circumstances."
INTERVIEWER: "But isn't Mr. Nkomo regarded by many still as hero, father of Zimbabwe, and all that?"
MUGABE:"No, I don't think many regard him as father. (INDISTINCT) mistakes the whole way trough, and if you shrug off a father of mistakes, perhaps you'd be right."
INTERVIEWER: "Are you going to move towards a one-party state?"
MUGABE: "That's a question that has been debated more in Britain than in this country."
INTERVIEWER: "But you have said you want a one-party state only."
MUGABE: "But to say we want a one-party state is having it today."
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Background: At the end of the British Foreign Secretary's two day official visit to Zimbabwe, the Zimbabwe Prime Minister, Robert Mugabe, has assured Lord Carrington there will be no change to the constitutional structure of his country without the consent of the people. Lord Carrington refused to give any specific answers about the future of British aid to Zimbabwe, but pointed out that Britain's aid commitment to the Salisbury government already stood at GBP112 million sterling (about 200 million U.S. dollars). After their meeting, Mr. Mugabe said his government would proceed with plans to seized land from white farmers if the whites refuse to sell.