Britain's role in Rhodesia has been attacked by leading African politicians at a meeting in Tanzania.
SV Rashidi Kawawa, Minister of Defence for Tanzania speaking
SV PAN Delegates seated
MV Delegates from Senegal, Somalia, listening
MV Rashidi Kawawa speaking in English
MV PAN Delegates from Liberia, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco and Mozambique listening
SV Kawawa speaking
KAWAWA: "This ministerial session is being held during the most crucial and decisive period in the history of liberation of our continent. The British administration has been entrusted with a task of bringing about a peaceful transfer of power and the independence of Zimbabwe. We are all now being (indistinct) by the British governor in Salisbury makes clear that the mediator has turned into a conscious participator, one who by all reports and indications is strongly biased in favour of the Smith-Muzorewa clique at the expense of the Patriotic Front forces. Indeed it is becoming clear that the colonial administration in Salisbury is using its authority not to foster understanding but to hamper and obstruct the Patriotic Front in the organisation of the electoral campaign. In short, the British colonial administration is creating conditions contrary to those that would ensure free and fair elections."
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Background: Britain's role in Rhodesia has been attacked by leading African politicians at a meeting in Tanzania. The Secretary General of the Organisation of Africa Unity, Edem Kodjo, call for a Third World 'counter-offensive' against Britain to protest against its administration. Opening a session of the OAU's liberation committee in Dar-es-Salaam on Monday (21 January) Mr. Kodjo said the organisation had been duped by the London peace agreement. Another attack on Britain came from the Tanzanian Defence Minister, Rashidi Kawawa.