Zimbabwe opposition leader, Joshua Nkomo, called for national unity when he made his first public address since returning from five month self-imposed exile in London.
GWERU, ZIMBABWE SEPTEMBER 25, 1983 (REUTERS - GEOFF CHILTON)
GV PAN Crowds at rally.
CU Nkomo speaking to rally while crowds listen. (SOT) (6 SHOTS) TRANSCRIPT: NKOMO: (SEQ 2) "The unity of ZAPU and ZANU, or UNC or Sithole is important. But you can never achieve it if the unity of the people is crushed by mis-behaviour. How can you achieve the unity of the people when you are creating the people into little tribes? No matter which tribe you're in - the majority tribe the minority tribe - it is vital that we know their problems in Zimbabwe. You know - all of us know - the problem that has been faced by the people of the Western Province, in Matabeleland, but that's not the end of the world, all those people must be felt, must be made to feel, that the country as a whole, understands the problems that face them, and still face them, to a certain extent. Where there is no freedom of movement by the people of a country, they can not be safe, unless there is the enjoyment of human rights."
Background: Zimbabwe opposition leader, Joshua Nkomo, called for national unity when he made his first public address since returning from five month self-imposed exile in London. Hundreds of people crowded into the stadium in his Midlands constituency town of F-Gweru to hear the leader of the Zimbabwe African People's Union (ZAPU) party call on the government to stop fragmentation of the people into tribes. Mr. Nkomo has kept a low political profile since his return to the country, which he said he left because he feared for his life. The opposition leader told the crowds that the problems facing the people of Matabeleland must be faced by the whole of the country, and he called for freedom of movement and the recognition of human rights throughout Zimbabwe. Although Mr. Nkomo's return to the country was greeted enthusiastically by his supporters, his performance in parliament since has led to criticism and the country's media have almost totally ignored his homecoming.