The veteran nationalist, Joshua Nkomo, sacked from the Zimbabwe coalition over accusations that he was plotting a coup, has said his followers should not retaliate.
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NKOMO: "If you looked back and said the costs have been this and if a thing like this happens to me then to hell with everything (indistinct). But then if you control yourself and say, well, these things do happen in life, then, (indistinct), life must continue. That's all one does and that's all I've tried to do."
INTERVIEWER: "Don't you feel a bit bitter though?"
NKOMO: "I've never been bitter in my life. I've never been had more than this time. In all my long history of the struggle and through the months of independence, I've never been had (indistinct) by Robert Mugabe this time. You know, it was almost beyond me. But they said, no, I had to be cool-headed. It was not easy."
INTERVIEWER: "So you think this is the end of your political life?"
NKOMO: "No. Why? I think the demonstrators in Salisbury and, I thing, two places, were dreaming of burying Nkomo and Zapu. That is a dream and they can't do it. It's not possible. They've been made to believe this by those who are shouting out."
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Background: BULAWAYO, ZIMBABWE
The veteran nationalist, Joshua Nkomo, sacked from the Zimbabwe coalition over accusations that he was plotting a coup, has said his followers should not retaliate. He told his supporters to remain calm and denied he had been planning a coup. Mr. Nkomo, leader of the Patriotic Front party, draws his support from the Ndebele people who form about 15 per cent of the country's population. He claimed that he and his supporters had been deeply hurt by the allegations made by the Zimbabwe Prime Minister, Mr. Robert Mugabe.
Source: REUTERS - CHRIS EVERSON