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    Zimbabwean Home Affairs Minister, Joshua Nkomo, said on Sunday (16 November) that he has no plans to leave the frail coalition government.

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    SCU Zimbabwe's Home Affairs Minister, Joshua Nkomo speaking in English to newsmen.

    TRANSCRIPT: NKOMO:"I believe myself that the deafening silence of the Prime Minister on statements is to me an eloquent acceptance by him of the tone, content and purpose of the inciting statement, made by his Ministers. What occurred, therefore, that is the damage, the loss of life and so on, and the...and damage and property falls on the shoulders of those that the Prime Minister has not been able to put straight. In believe he has a duty to this country to either throw out some of his men from his cabinet. It's not for me, but I'm just saying it, because we have seen a lot of things happen as a result of some of these people. And we can't afford it. We can't afford to have this friction in the country. And therefore, it is on the Prime Minister, the Prime Minister's responsibility, to do something about his wide-mouthed colleagues. We have said to each other `Let us meet. Let us discuss and see what we can do to bring the parties together an so on and so forth'.

    But now and again these outbursts come out and I sit back and say `Now what am I doing really'. But as I've said, I'll do my best until it is made absolutely impossible for me to continue. I'm not going to cut it."

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    Background: Zimbabwean Home Affairs Minister, Joshua Nkomo, said on Sunday (16 November) that he has no plans to leave the frail coalition government. But he called on Prime Minister Robert Mugabe to throw out some of this Ministers who, he says, are openly inciting a reign of terror. Speaking to reporters at his home in Bulawayo, in the heartland of his minority Ndebele people, the former guerrilla leader took great exception to Mr. Mugabe's allegations that Mr. Nkomo's ZIPRA (Zimbabwe People's Revolutionary Army) guerrillas had sparked off the Bulawayo riots which claimed 55 lives the previous week. Mr. Nkomo blamed senior Mugabe aides, including Finance Minister, Enos Nkala, for inciting the riots during rallies there, when Mr. Nkala hinted the government might declare a one-part state. Mr. Mugabe has said he has no such intention and adds that his government was constitutionally committed to a multi-party democracy.

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