The Rhodesian Patriotic Front co-leaders, Robert Mugabe and Joshua Nkomo, are expected to hold talks soon on a strategy to fight the forthcoming Rhodesian elections.
GV: Lusaka airport crowd welcome
GV: Supporters ZOOM TO poster
GV: Supporters dancing
GV: Jet arriving (2 shots)
LV: Patriot Front co-leader Joshua Nkomo leaves jet and is greeted. (2 shots)
SV: Nkomo and ZAPU officials at airport (2 shots)
SV: Nkomo and party officials wave to crowd as they leave
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Background: The Rhodesian Patriotic Front co-leaders, Robert Mugabe and Joshua Nkomo, are expected to hold talks soon on a strategy to fight the forthcoming Rhodesian elections. After the official signing of the Rhodesian ceasefire agreement in London both leaders headed for front-line capitals -- Mr Mugabe to Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania and Mr Nkomo to Lusaka in Zambia.
SYNOPSIS: In the Zambian capital, hundreds of supporters waited to give Mr Nkomo a victors welcome. He, together with Mr Mugabe, former Rhodesian Prime Minister, Bishop Abel Muzorewa, and the British authorities achieved what many of the supporters felt could only come with a victory on the battle field -- a chance for them to govern an independent Zimbabwe. But for these supporters of the Zimbabwe African People's Union an election across the border was something for the future. For the present, Mr Nkomo's return from London was enough for celebration.
The forthcoming elections must, however, have been very much on Mr. Nkomo's mind as his aircraft touched down. Apart form his own party, taking part will be Bishop Muzorewa's U.A.N.C. and Mr Smith's Rhodesian Front. Mr. Nkomo may also have to contest the election against his patriotic Front partner, Mr Robert Mugabe, and the Zimbabwe African National Union. Mr. Mugabe has said that his wing of the guerrilla alliance is contemplating fighting the election in opposition to Mr Nkomo's party.
He said at a news conference that if the two parties could win a greater victory by fighting the election separately, he wold do precisely that. But Mr Nkomo has said that he would like to fight the election as part of an alliance with Mr Mugabe's party.
Mr Mugabe and Mr Nkomo will meet at the weekend to discuss the election. The meeting will take place in the Tanzanian capital and the President of that country, Dr Julius Nyerere, is expected to advise the two Front leaders to fight the election as an alliance.